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.
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.
I thought that we were all ok to say that the film was NOT about an alien encounter (see the correction here : Lindelof-Bird Project Details [CORRECTION] -- Vulture ).
Anyway, the life of Tesla is full of intersting stories (he did provoke an earthquake in new york, after all).
(and, by the way, back in the early 90's, Terry Gilliam was trying to direct a film about Nikola Tesla)
As fn as the mythological scifi Testla is, I would be just as happy with a straight up biopic. Even that recent Men Who Built America on History Channel and its short segment on Testla was pretty stunning.
Though of they wanna delve into some conspiracy fiction and get all crazy, that could be neat too. Hopefully not too farsical. What we know of Testla's actual history is interesting and crazy enough, you really son't need to add a buncha stuff.
Meanwhile, Matt Fraction's Five Fists of Science with Testla and Twain was a pretty amazing comic that does.
No movie with a script by Damon Lindelof, and that's final.
Agreed, he is the worst. After listening to all the commentaries and watching the film numerous times, I'm pretty convinced he's the reason Ridley Scott's Prometheus was so underwhelming in comparison to some of his other sci fi movies. (He was also terribly unlikable in his commentary, which didn't help my assessment of his "talents".)
My only problem with this is that Tesla died in 1943. Which is 9 years before 1952. So unless it's Tesla arriving back on Earth in '52 or some strangeness like that, I'm deciding not to put much stock in the "codenames".
(Besides, if I'm gonna see Tesla in a movie, I'd really kinda rather it be because somebody decided to do an Atomic Robo movie.)