Brad Bird is a two-timer Oscar winner suckas. Responsible for one of my fav's The Iron Giant. As well as The Incredibles and Ratatouille (the latter two got him best animated feature statues). And now, he's gearing up for his first live actioner with 1906, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name. Although I did hear that Disney/Pixar is nervous about giving him 200 milly to shoot the thing, and now it's at a stand still.
So maybe this is good new for him. Because it seems he might be in the running for M.I. 4? What son...?
Let's give it up to Heat Vision breaking the news open on this story. A while back I reported about Cruise looking to gear up M.I. 4 minus JJ in the big chair. Finding a director has been a top priority for star Tom Cruise, who reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt and is producing with J.J. Abrams. Paramount set a May 27, 2011, release date for the movie and is eyeing a summer start. A tentpole of this magnitude needs a lot of prep time to iron out things such as massive set pieces and worldwide locations.
Now I've seen Incredibles, and I thought the whole execution was a fantastic idea, the throw back to the quaint Beever Cleever lifestyle juxtaposed against the classical silver/golden aged super hero cartoons and comics strip story lines? Terrif. Plus, the action was accomplished with a precision that few animated guys can really do that well. Heat Vision had this to say about him.
On the surface, Bird may seem a peculiar choice. The writer-director wrote and directed 1999's "The Iron Giant" and 2004's "The Incredibles" as well as 2007's "Ratatouille" (the latter two earned Oscars for best animated picture), but he has never helmed a live-action feature. On the other hand, nabbing Bird would be inspired. He is praised for his storytelling skills and is known for his strengths in staging thrilling and intricate action set-pieces as well as fusing the action with large dollops of heart and emotion.Well, they're right about the action element. You can say what you want, but M.I. 3 was one fuckin' hell of a thriller/suspense/actioner, and that was all thanks to JJ. So topping him is the next thing to do, not exactly going bigger maybe, but better, crisper, fresher, more unique.
Well, my hats off to this, choice, you don't win two Oscars without having a few brains to go around to know what you doing. Plus, I'm a big fan of this guys approaches and style. Let's see what happens.