J.J. Abrams Gushes Again About Brad Bird's 'Mission: Impossible 4'
It was recently confirmed that filmmaker J.J. Abrams would indeed be moving onto Star Trek 2 this fall. But he's said in the meantime that they're taking it slowly, letting the sequel develop without being rushed. Abrams answered a few questions for Collider recently, speaking not only about Star Trek, but also Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, which we all saw that first trailer for a couple of months ago. Bad Robot, and Abrams himself, produced the film and were there helping Bird make his big transition to live-action. Abrams comments on both projects, not with any major news, but with great quotes at least.
First, it's best to sum up anything Abrams has to say about the Star Trek sequel with this statement: "I just want to make sure that we're putting the story and the characters, the cast and the crew, and most importantly the audience, first before we start talking about exactly which locations we're going to be shooting at and what the wardrobe and visual effects budgets are." Therefore, don't expect any major updates soon, especially because they just started really working on the screenplay anyway. But let's jump over to Mission Impossible instead, because that's already scheduled for release this December, and Abrams has some fantastic things to say about it. Here's what he mentions about Brad Bird's M:I4:
"I think it's the best one of the series. I do. First of all, you've never seen a live action Brad Bird movie, and yet when you watch it, you go, 'This is a Brad Bird movie.' You realize you've been watching Brad Bird films that just happen to be animated. It's really fun. It's got a fun intensity to it, and that's Brad. It's the biggest one, by far, in terms of the stuff that happens in it. Also, there are other things like a portion of it was shot in IMAX and there's a sequence on the tallest building in the world, the Burj in Dubai, where Tom Cruise did five days worth of wire work outside the building that is so insane, you cannot believe the insurance company let him do it. When you see it on IMAX, it's terrifying. It's crazy, what he did. It really is unbelievable. It's weird to be in meetings with him and think, 'That dude was running down the outside of the building!' I'm talking to him, he's in my office, and he did that. It's weird. It's like talking to Buzz Aldrin. You're like, 'That dude was on the moon!'"
And that Burj Khalifa IMAX scene is one I cannot wait to see. Sadly I even missed catching that first trailer in IMAX, as they showed the full IMAX scenes from that at full height if you saw it in theaters. This isn't the first time we've heard someone say glowing things about the direction Brad Bird's first live-action movie is headed, as we posted other Abrams quotes and I've spoken with producer Bryan Burk myself about how everything went incredibly well. As much as I still wish Brad Bird could also be making more movies at Pixar, I have a feeling after we see Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, I'll only want him to make more live-action right away. While I'm very excited for Star Trek 2, in the meantime it sounds like M:I4 is turning out great, and it might just rock on this holiday season. We'll keep you updated on all things Bad Robot.