“If you be­lieve you can make the fu­tur e then you will”

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to be any dif­fer­ent. But we’ve come up with a slightly dif­fer­ent spin on the whole ‘ cho­sen one’ story, which has got­ten a lit­tle bit tired I be­lieve. It’s a song that we all love to lis­ten to, but one that’s be­ing played in a slightly dif­fer­ent tempo. The Ma­trix is cer­tainly a movie that Brad and I talked about as hav­ing done it beau­ti­fully in a sci- fi con­struct. But this is a story that we re­turn to time and time again – this idea of be­ing cho­sen by forces that are greater than your­self to help re­solve this great battle be­tween good and evil. We’re aware of that story. We’re kind of telling that story, but hope­fully in a new and ex­cit­ing way.

“As far as the Harry Pot­ter of it all goes… To­mor­row­land is not a school in the same way that Hog­warts is. But we love the idea that Harry Pot­ter is set in the real world, a world where most peo­ple, most mug­gles, are not aware of the world of magic that is hid­den from them. To­mor­row­land uses a very sim­i­lar lan­guage, ex­cept in­stead of magic it’s tech­nol­ogy and in­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion. That’s where the Harry Pot­ter para­ble kind of starts and ends. We don’t have a Volde­mort.”

Though To­mor­row­land: A World Be­yond doesn’t fea­ture a school, Lin­de­lof says the film it­self serves as a cel­e­bra­tion of ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the field of science.

“As pie- in- the- sky and as old- fash­ioned as this may sound, if you be­lieve you can make the fu­ture then you will. But if you be­lieve that the fu­ture is some­thing that’s go­ing to hap­pen to you, and that you have no power to change, then that’s def­i­nitely what’s go­ing to hap­pen. ‘ Why should I change my light bulbs? Why should I buy an elec­tric car when the data says that with the pol­lu­tion that the United States and China and South Amer­ica is putting out there, any choice that I make is in­con­se­quen­tial?’ If every­body on the planet makes that de­ci­sion it’s go­ing to have a di­rect ef­fect on what en­vi­ron­ment our chil­dren are go­ing to in­herit. That’s not old- fash­ioned. That’s not corny. That’s just fact.

“So how do you take this idea of the self- ful­fill­ing prophecy about a clap to save Tinker­bell and in­fuse it into a movie with­out it feel­ing like we’re de­mand­ing the en­tire world eat its veg­eta­bles? That was one of the chal­lenges that the movie faced, and hope­fully one that we’ve over­come. But it was re­ally im­por­tant to us as film­mak­ers to say, ‘ Hey, we want you to leave the movie theatre feel­ing a lit­tle bit more op­ti­mistic about what’s in store for you.’ But we also want to tell you that that’s not go­ing to hap­pen with­out a lit­tle bit of el­bow grease. The fu­ture is some­thing that you’ve got to make hap­pen.

“We hope that you’re in­spired,” adds Lin­de­lof. “But we also hope that you get out there and do some­thing about it.”

To­mor­row­land: A World Be­yond opens on Fri­day 22 May.

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