The Future of Brad Bird's 1906 is Still Sadly Quite Uncertain
by Ethan Anderton
January 26, 2010
Source: Blue Sky Disney
We've heard about Brad Bird's long overdue live-action earthquake project 1906 intermittently once a year for the past three years. In 2007, Bird had mentioned he was working on the film before he joined Ratatouille. In 2008, he confirmed the project would indeed be his next after finishing up that movie for Pixar. And just last year Bird said he was still working on the script and more. Well now it's time for our yearly update and it doesn't look good as Blue Sky Disney is reporting: "Time has kept ticking and it seems no closer to being made than before. There is no official start date." Well, this is just really sad to hear.
The delay seems to be with execs at Warner Bros, where the project is in development. Blue Sky says:
"The budget and length of the script are said to be problems for the Suits that wield power over Brad's fate. And there is doubt that they will give it approval. Bird has turned in at least two drafts and is awaiting a decision. Several Bothans that I talked to are starting to express doubt that it'll ever come to pass. Not that it isn't a great script that would make a great film, but the length and size of the budget make some at Warner very nervous. Think of it as a project of 'Titanic' proportions and yes I meant the innuendo."
In the meantime, Brad Bird is dedicated to getting this project off the ground, and I'm right there behind him hoping that it sees the light of day. With animated masterpieces like The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Brad Bird has proven that he is a very unique talent and knows how to tell one hell of a good story. Bird has already been out of sight for 2 years trying to get 1906 shaking, but to no avail. By no means do I want him to give up, but maybe he should get another film under his belt, and maybe it should be a live action one to show just to remind them what an amazing director he is. While I'd love to see an Incredibles 2, I would really love to see what Bird can do with a live action flick instead. We will keep you updated!
I advise Brad Bird to take it at pixar and make it animated.His reputation at pixar,they will allow him to direct anything
Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010
I think Brad Bird should find financing to create a short excerpt (maybe 5 minutes) of 1906. That will prove to the unbelievers that he knows what he's doing. Or maybe create a live-action short film totally unrelated to 1906. The problem I think is that the geniuses from Animation don't get as much love and respect compared to their live-action counterparts. A lot of people still think Animation as kidstuff and not "serious" filmmaking like live action. WE have to prove them wrong.
dennis on Jan 27, 2010
He absolutely needs to prove he can direct live action. Would any of you give this guy 200 million on the likelihood he can direct a good live action film. Im sorry but I can see their reticence. Hes probably talented enough to do a live action film. So do a smaller budget one and do The Incredibles 2 with the condition that if successful Disney will finance the 1906 project.
DJSNOLA` on Aug 26, 2010
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