Interview: 'M:I Ghost Protocol' Director Brad Bird on IMAX and More
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2011
Arriving in IMAX theaters starting this weekend is Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the return of the beloved Mission Impossible series. But who would've thought that hiring a director from Pixar, making his first live-action feature, would completely pay off? That director is Brad Bird, behind The Incredibles and Ratatouille, making his live-action debut with an action-packed blockbuster that shows even animation directors can deliver kick ass real-life entertainment. I interviewed Bird months ago after seeing footage, but was told to hold onto this until release, so here it is. We chat about IMAX, Pixar comparisons and lots more.
Watch the interview with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird, shot on my Flip:
This was originally recorded a few months ago, but we were told to hold it, so I didn't have a clear idea of the story in the movie. I had to ask only the questions I could based on the footage we saw - which was the Burj Khalifa and sandstorm IMAX scenes. I've always wanted to speak with Brad Bird, he's made some of my all-time favorite Pixar flicks, and I feel like we could've talked for so much longer, but this was all the time I was given. I finally did see Ghost Protocol and it was awesome in its entirety, I wish I could follow-up with Bird again on so many more questions. M:I4 hits IMAX theaters starting this weekend and everywhere in regular theaters starting next week, December 21st. It's popcorn entertainment at its finest, worth seeing!