Brad Bird (Sort Of) Confirms 1906 is Next
It was way back in February when the original rumor hit about Brad Bird's next film being a live-action adaptation of 1906. Since then it's been rather quiet, largely because Bird has been finishing and promoting Ratatouille all around the world, including its recent release in Europe. Bird, who directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, is venturing into live-action for his first time adapting the novel 1906 by James Dalessandro. Although he still won't actually mention the name publicly, Bird provides and update to Rotten Tomatoes that is obviously about 1906.
I was starting to work on a live action film a couple of years before I came on board Ratatouille so I'm going to return to that and I'm quite excited by that idea. I don't want to tell you too much about just yet, I'm not really ready for that, but it's a historical-based thing and I think it's going to be pretty wild.
The novel is a fictionalized account of the famous (and real) 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Here's the more lengthy description: Every disaster has a backstory, none more thrilling than this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, rescue—and murder—is based on recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Told by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Victorian-era city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera.
Given what Bird has achieved with Incredibles and Ratatouille so far, to fantastic films, I'm certainly intrigued to see how 1906 turns out. It will be an entirely different fight working live-action and not on computers, which I'm sure will present a challenge to Bird. The story itself certainly sounds like it has a lot of potential, but another disaster movie is honestly not needed at the moment. However, if anyone could pull another disaster movie off, it would be Brad Bird.