Brad Bird Is Close to Directing MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV

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Director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) is in final negotiations with Paramount to direct Mission: Impossible IV starring Tom Cruise. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) was previously rumored for the gig but chose to do 30 Minutes or Less instead.  We reported in March that Bird was also under consideration for the job, but now Vulture says that the only detail left to hammer out is Bird’s quote.  Vulture explains that since animated films take three years to make, a director’s quote is higher than it would be on a live-action blockbuster film, which can usually be made in a year.  Then again, Bird does have a little leverage seeing as he’s won two Oscars, which is two more than anyone else that has directed a Mission: Impossible movie so far.

Hit the jump for my explanation of why they should just pay the man (and do it soon because Paramount has set May 27, 2011 as the film’s release date).

brad_bird.jpgBrad Bird is one of the best directors out there.  His feature films to date–The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille–are all classics.  He has a gift for storytelling and engaging characters.  Bird is also a master of genre.  He perfectly channeled Cold War sci-fi for Iron Giant and golden age superheroes for The IncrediblesMission: Impossible IV would be Bird’s first live-action film but I’m sure he’d be more than up to the task.  If he does take the job, I hope he takes a pass at the script.  I don’t mean to insult the work of J.J. Abrams, who helped craft the story and will co-produce the flick, or screenwriters Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (ABC’s Life on Mars, Alias), but c’mon: it’s Brad-Freaking-Bird.  He can only help.

This could also be a fantastic opportunity for Bird as far as his passion project, 1906, is concerned.  The film, which is about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and will also be live-action, has become trapped in development hell due to Warner Bros.’ hesitation about the budget.  If Bird shows he can handle a big-budget live-action movie with M:I-IV, it could go a long way to helping him get 1906 made.




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  • NightAvatar

    Good point about 1906. I hope that makes it out of development hell. Maybe this is what it takes.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Yes, Brad Bird is one of my favorite directors and I can't wait to see what his eye does for live action. He gets the fun in spy movies as evidenced by the infiltration scenes in The Incredibles, as well.

    Just someone hide Tom Cruise up until it releases. :) Whatever you think of him, you pretty much have to admit that he torpedoed any mass appeal Mission Impossible 3 could have had with his interviews and posturing right before the release.

    Also, JJ Abrams did a great job transforming the franchise into something more fun and likable, but he admits himself that he didn't really have an action style. I think he also bought into the idea that audiences expect these films to be about the hero, Ethan Hunt, a little too heavily for that movie. I hope Brad Bird can reel that in a little and bring on the ensemble work that The Incredibles handled beautifully.

  • azahdel

    Matt, first time I comment, I really enjoy the way you hit that KeyBoard with eloquent remarks, witty analysis and freshly ripped updates. Great news for Bird, better news for us Fans and Cinefiles. I wonder what MI gimicks will be involved with Bird on board… since the last MI movies Boosted the Action knob but left the “Impossible” of the missions (the way we remember the TV Series) right next to the zero on the left. Keep it up!

  • azahdel

    Matt, first time I comment, I really enjoy the way you hit that KeyBoard with eloquent remarks, witty analysis and freshly ripped updates. Great news for Bird, better news for us Fans and Cinefiles. I wonder what MI gimicks will be involved with Bird on board… since the last MI movies Boosted the Action knob but left the “Impossible” of the missions (the way we remember the TV Series) right next to the zero on the left. Keep it up!

  • AngMal

    I really hope that Brad Bird has time to give the script a rewrite too. He needs to put his own stamp on it, I think, as it would be sad to see him working as a 'director for hire.' His keen, precise storytelling and brilliantly designed action is exactly what the series needs, rather than the rather sloppy shaky-cam of the last Abrams installment (as good as it was in other respects).

  • AngMal

    I really hope that Brad Bird has time to give the script a rewrite too. He needs to put his own stamp on it, I think, as it would be sad to see him working as a 'director for hire.' His keen, precise storytelling and brilliantly designed action is exactly what the series needs, rather than the rather sloppy shaky-cam of the last Abrams installment (as good as it was in other respects).

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