Now this is some very interesting news, news that actually sparks an interest in me to wanting to actually watch Mission Impossible 4. It's no secret that J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise were coming back to develop a fourth Mission Impossible film with Paramount Pictures. Cruise will once again reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, but Abrams has made it clear that he won't be taking the directing duties on this one, he will only work on it as a producer. I was wondering who would end up directing the next installment of the franchise, but I didn't expect Pixar director Brad Bird to be in the running.
Cruise and Abrams are currently on the hunt for a director that can take Mission Impossible to the next level, and they may have found that creative quality in director Brad Bird. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright have both been approached about directing MI4 along with several other directors. But I think Bird would be awesome for this franchise! If they are going to continue the franchise they might as well bring on a guy that really knows how how to tell a great story, and Bird knows how to tell a freakin great story!
Bird has directed three incredible animated features films which include The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. The guy has never directed a live-action film but has been trying to get a movie off the ground set during the great San Francisco earthquake in 1906. It's about time Bird finally makes his leap into directing a live-action film! He's been try to do so for years and now there's a strong possibility his first live-action film will be MI4. In my opinion, if that is the case, you can bet your ass MI4 is going to end up being a solid movie worth seeing. I hope he gets the gig.
Plot details are being kept under a lid of secrecy, but Abrams worked on the story with scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.
What are your thoughts on Brad Bird possibly directing MI4?