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Brad Bird's Signature Style is All Over the New 'Mission Impossible'

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May 5, 2011

Brad Bird / Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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?

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  • Neo-3
    Release date is December 16th.
  • Voice of Reason
    The string of directors they've chosen for the MI series alone have been incredible. While I disliked the 2nd movie, I have really enjoyed this series and am absolutely psyched to see Bird show us something amazing.
    • Lagoya
      The first film was good but after several viewings I still don't understand how the hell John Voight is still alive near the end!!! The second film was kinda cheesy but the second half is better than the beginning, the action sequences were good and I enjoyed the motorbike stunts which for a John Woo film is what you would expect. The third film really surprised me, it was great! I'm looking forward to Ghost Protocol now :)
  • ate
    Gotta love Bird but don't like Renner. Hope Bird moves on from this franchise and Renner puts it a likeable performance because I won't want to see sequels based on him.
  • Nicole Lindsay
    I was disappointed that Tom Cruise's hair isn’t short like it was in the first and third films in the series. It has been reported that Tom Cruise and Michael Nyqvist have a 5 page fight sequence at the end of the film. I hope that Tom Cruise uses a few KFM (Keysi Fighting Method) moves like he did in M:i:III. I wish that they had filmed this in Armenia as well. Hollywood never does films there. In addition, It would be good if the plot is based on current affairs and the IMF battles a real world threat such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Iranian extremists, North Korean extremists, Somali pirates, etc.
  • Lex
    I hope that the main villain’s name will be Vanning which was originally going to be the name of the main villain in M:i:III before they changed it to Owen Davian.
  • Dom
    Tom Cruise stated that all of the Mission Impossible movies are set in their own alternate reality/universe and are not sequels or connected to each other. That explains why there is no continuity between the movies and why they keep using mostly new casts.
  • Quazzimotto
    Bird is one of my favorite directors. Abrams touched on the point of Bird' ability to infuse his work with genuine humanity and that's what makes his films so special. This is exciting news, personally, very interested in seeing how Bird handles live-action and narrative. The potential for this film to be great is huge. Especially with the set pieces Bird has around him in Abrams, Cruise, and Renner. Can't wait.
  • Mark Forns
    the trailer will be with super 8- count on it.
  • Cody W.
    If there trying to outdo the pace and action of the 3rd and they succeed....shiiiit thisll be the best action film of the last 10 years. MI3 nearly is in my book.
  • Anonymous
    Is there an actual team in this latest MI movie, or just Tom and his new haircut again killing bad guys?
  • Sendaiman
    The opening sequence of MI:2 where Cruise is rock climbing still gets my palms sweaty.  The directors have been excellent.  Kudos to Cruise for working with Brad Bird in this type of film.    

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