Brad Bird Might Direct Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4!

March 24, 2010

Brad Bird

Although we'd been hoping he would eventually get a greenlight to direct his live-action earthquake movie 1906, apparently The Incredibles and Ratatouille director might take on another live-action mission first. Heat Vision is reporting that former Pixar director Brad Bird is now one of a few "contenders" to direct Mission: Impossible 4 being produced by J.J. Abrams and set to star Tom Cruise for his fourth time. The trade site obviously isn't confirming that he's the one who has the job, mentioning that they've been meeting with others like Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright, but it's possible Bird may end up directing this sequel.

Unfortunately, Heat Vision doesn't really say anything else, at all, which makes this a frustrating story to report. I hate all these speculative news stories - I wish we could just tell you for sure that it will be Brad Bird, but we can't. Apparently its been a "top priority" for Cruise and Abrams to find a director (obviously). They need to find one soon because shooting is supposed to start this summer so they can make their May 27th, 2011 release date. Abrams developed the story and set writers Andre Nemec & Josh Appelbaum (of TV shows like "Alias" and "Life on Mars") to pen the script. This would be Bird's first live-action film if he gets the job and I hope he does. I'm very excited to see what he could do with a movie like this. Thoughts?

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  • monal
    what an interesting idea....loved the Incredibles and would like to see how he transitions from CGI to live make MI movie work though I still think it needs to focus more on the ensemble action pieces instead of Cruise it all on his own...MI 3 did some of that well
  • Dan
    Wait how did brad bird leave pixar? He was doing so well there... I hope he gets picked for this though he's a perfectionist and he'll take good care of MI:4.
  • If this headline didn't have the word "Might" and did have the word "Will" or the words "Is Going To" then I'd be a bit more excited. Brad Bird is a great animation director and could be perfect for Mission Impossible IV. Then again, it's hard to tell, since he has yet to direct real actors on sets. But if anybody can do it, Brad Bird can.
  • Cody w
    Wish theyd go hardcore and make it R, just a last badass Ethan Hunt rampage. They kind of showed Ethan Hunt at full force in MI3, but only for a little bit. I wanna see Hunt go through a room full of bad guys with aks with only his knife.
  • Crump's Brother
    I'm sure Wright has better things to do.
  • Xerxex
    this mission sounds...impossible, not for Hunt!
  • David Banner
    He can do anything he wants imo, but before he gets up from bed tomorrow, he must put The Incredibles out on BluRay. Starting to get angry. Been waiting a very long time for The Incredibles to come out on BluRay. And Mr Bird wont like me when I am angry.
  • Being a Brad Bird fan I will voice my excitement over the possibility. And if you think he's just a cartoon/animated director, look at the action he put into The Incredibles. Bird gets my vote even if it is wishful thinking... I think I'm going to watch the Iron Giant tonight:)
  • Loser
    I don`t know, I simply don`t know. This could be great news and it could not. I would love to see Christophe Gans directing this one, that would be cool
  • Michael
    Why still Tom Cruise, the Scientology addicted not that good actor.
    • HJ
      it's HIS franchise and not a good actor? are you mentally retarded? Magnolia. 
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