Brad Bird's Signature Style is All Over the New 'Mission Impossible'
by Ethan Anderton
May 5, 2011
Though this may be his first live-action feature, I have absolutely no reservations about Brad Bird, the director behind Pixar's stellar films The Incredibles and Ratatouille, taking on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. With Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt, and Jeremy Renner being lined up to take over the franchise, there's a lot riding on this sequel. Thankfully, producer J.J. Abrams (who also directed the fantastic Mission Impossible 3) just recently spoke to MTV about Bird's work on the sequel, and it's all good news. Abrams says, "Not only is the movie coming along, but what I've seen is kind of unbelievable."
Abrams goes on to talk about how Bird's style, even outside of animation, can clearly be seen in this film:
"It's so weird to watch scenes for a movie by a director that feels so of that director's style, and yet you realize you've never ever seen a live-action film by that director. You watch moments where you go, 'That's so Brad Bird!' And then you realize, oh, it's so weird to have seen a Brad Bird moment with actual flesh and blood actors. He's a filmmaker who has happened to use animation as a medium, but it's his filmmaking and his characters and his rhythm and his comedy, the action he can do, it's just the humanity that he's done that comes through in movies that have happened to be animated. Seeing that kind of nuance in a movie with people is just, I'm just so thrilled to be a part of it all. I haven't seen the whole thing, but what I have seen is sort of mind-blowing."
That's exactly what I wanted to hear about Bird's work as a live-action director, and especially for this new Mission Impossible film. The Incredibles is actually my favorite film from Pixar, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what Bird has brought to this established franchise. The sequel doesn't hit theaters until December 16th of this year, but you can bet the first trailer will be attached to Paramount Pictures summer release of Transformers Dark of the Moon, and I'm hoping that it will get everyone excited. Thoughts?