“Like Harr y pot­ter we have a young hero learn­ing about this mys­te­ri­ous other world”

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this tale is in the grand tra­di­tion of screen science fic­tion.

“This is the story of a young woman [ Casey New­ton, played by Un­der The Dome’s Britt Robert­son] who sees some­thing. Who has a vi­sion. It’s not a spir­i­tual vi­sion, but one that’s pow­ered by tech­nol­ogy. In the same way that Roy Neary had an en­counter with a UFO [ in Close En­coun­ters Of The Third Kind], this girl is very in­spired by this place that she doesn’t en­tirely un­der­stand. She’s had a fleet­ing glimpse, and she wants to know more about it. In or­der to do so, she’s gonna need help; and the per­son who is go­ing to be her guide into this world is a man named Frank Walker, played by Ge­orge Clooney. She’s got to find him and talk him into giv­ing her a hand. But when she finds him he’s not en­tirely will­ing to just roll over and take her there. He’s got a slightly dif­fer­ent opin­ion about this place than per­haps he once did. That’s the mys­tery of the movie – what hap­pened? What changed? What had that won­der­ful place that she glimpsed turned into?”

Jensen points out that, in ad­di­tion to Close En­coun­ters, To­mor­row­land: A World Be­yond also finds in­spi­ra­tion in a mod­ern fan­tasy favourite.

“Like Harry Pot­ter we have a story that in­volves a young hero learn­ing about this mys­te­ri­ous other world. She’s be­ing called to it, or so she thinks. She en­ters into it and has an adventure there. But where Harry Pot­ter is about magic, ours is about science and sci­en­tific pos­si­bil­ity, and a lot of other things that are more al­le­gor­i­cal. To­mor­row­land stands for all things that can re­side within the imag­i­na­tion, whether it’s a great in­ven­tor com­ing up with the next great in­ven­tion that’s go­ing to help the world, or an artist who’s de­vel­op­ing the next great piece of work, the next great story that’s go­ing to in­spire the world. So yeah, we’re Harry Pot­ter- es­que in that sense – that down- the- rab­bit- hole, through- the- look­ing- glass, through- the-wardrobe kind of movie about an­other world.”

Though To­mor­row­land: A World Be­yond, like JK Rowl­ing’s wizard­ing saga, has its “cho­sen one,” Lin­de­lof was determined to give that well- worn genre trope a fresh spin.

“With any movie of this size and scope, the stakes are huge. We didn’t want To­mor­row­land

Vi­sions of to­mor­row at the 1964 World’s Fair.

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