Is Brad Bird's Secretive Sci-Fi Movie About Nikola Tesla?

Previously codenamed 1952, the upcoming sci-fi picture from Brad Bird and writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen is now said to be going by the name Tesla. As in Nikola, the inventor, engineer and physicist.

At the same time, we learn that George Clooney has entered into the frame and is likely to take the lead role of “a man who meets aliens on Earth.”

Could the film actually be about Tesla? I’ll make a sketchy case, if I may. My Exhibit A is comprised of a pair of photos.

George Clooney

Nikola Tesla

Separated at birth… by 105 years. But if I were casting Nikola Tesla in a tentpole movie today, I know who I’d go to first.

Perhaps more compelling is Exhibit B. You see, Tesla spoke about receiving communications from Mars. He apparently built something called a Magnifying Transmitter at Colorado Springs and he picked up a repeating signal. It’s a matter of record that he recorded and was interested in something.

But then there’s the often loopy-loo myths that grew out of this. Tim Swartz’ book The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla seems to be the source of many stories. UFO buffs have taken Tesla to heart, for ure, and he’s become a recurring part of their lore.

As such, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the heart of Bird’s film.

Nor would I mind. Sounds like there are plenty of fun possibilities here.

And that’s my shot in the dark. Will Disney get around to releasing more solid information any time soon? Probably not. Will more details leak? You betcha.

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