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J.J. Abrams Gushes Again About Brad Bird's 'Mission: Impossible 4'

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August 4, 2011
Source: Collider

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

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.

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  • Anonymous
    "It's like, he jumped on Oprah's couch and now he's right there, in my office, you know what I mean?" Am I the only one to think that JJ Abrams as a director is way overrated? Be honest guys...
    • Yes, it looks like you are the only one... I love Abrams, I get that he has his own sensibilities and not everyone likes them, but I think he's a great filmmaker. Plus, M:I4 isn't even his film, I'm excited to see what Brad Bird is bringing us with his first live-action.
      • Anonymous
        I wasn't talking to you, I already know how you feel about Abrams 😛 I don't know, I just feel the man is being given too much credit too fast, without having shown us something extraordinary. He's obviously talented and has a great mind, I just think he allways promises more than he delievers. You can't compare him to Spielberg or Nolan, you just can't. Cloverfield was barely a movie worth mentioning. Star Trek was good but only because we're used to those big budget movies not being so great, and yet you can't compare it to Star Wars. Super 8 was good but not memorable. I'm not saying he's bad, at all, he's good and the industry needs guys like him, I just don't think he deserves to be treated like a living legend...not just yet.
        • Anonymous
          Oh, and I know MI4 isn't from him, of course.
          • Anonymous
            He didn't do Cloverfield either. That was Matt Reeves. He directed MI:3. He also has written quite a lot of stuff. Regarding Henry. Forever Young. Super8 and MI:3 were his scripts. He's been in the industry for about 20 years in various capacities. I wouldn't compare him to Nolan. I don't think he's at that level. I think he's up there with Jackson and Spielberg, tho. The sort of big-budget director who can write and direct a good popcorn flick that may not be amazingly deep or cerebral, but is fun without being insulting.
    • Josh
      haha ya. ur the only one. that's like saying Andy Serkis is overrated or Jimmy Stewart had no class, or John Williams is a hack.
  • Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is fucking nuts. Not just all the weird shit he does, but all the shit he does in his movies. The thing with the building is just another on a list of crazy shit he's done that I doubt many other actors would do. For instance, remember the scene in MI:2 where he nearly gets a hypodermic needle stabbed in his eye? It comes within maybe a couple millimeters of his eyeball... it hits his eyelashes... That was not an effect, nor was it a stunt guy. That was Tom Cruise nearly getting stabbed in the eyeball with a hypodermic needle. The guy's kinda nuts when it comes to doing his own stunts. I mean, people may think he's just some rich fuckwad who does weird crazy shit, but you have to give credit to the guy. His job is to entertain people, and he's willing to do things like that just so we can get a cheap thrill in a theater. I have no problem being a fan of Tom Cruise. Most of his flicks are great. I also like pretty much everything Bird has done. So yeah...  I'm gonna go see this. I only hope they improve the explosion effects in the film. That shot with the Kremlin looked straight outta the 1990's.
    • Anonymous
      You make good points, it's hard for me to denie them 😉 "THe sort of big budget director who can write and direct a good popcorn flick that may not be amazingly deep or cerebral, but is fun without being insulting", yeah, i give you that and I think it's a nice description. I still don't think he's on par with the other directors mentioned, but oh well, different opinions 😛
  • David Banner
    The more a M:I film costs, the less it earns at the boxoffice. Kinda stange...
  • Anonymous
    I think he has great potential. Star Trek was amazingly fun and energetic, Super 8 was nicely shot but had an incredibly weak story. He needs to move away from his "mystery box" technique of hooking the audience, or he needs to make the pay off much more satisfying and thoughtful. His MI film was good.

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