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Brad Bird Confirmed To Direct M:I4
And we've got Tom Cruise's take on it

07 May 2010  |  Written by Nev Pierce  

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Since Tom Cruise decided to accept another fiendishly-difficult-but-let’s-face-it-not-quite-Impossible-or-there-would-be-no-movie Mission, there’s been speculation as to who would direct the fourth outing in his spy series.

Rumour suggested Brad Bird... Well, it's no longer rumour: it’s Brad Bird.

As previously reported, Cruise – who is producing with part three’s creator, JJ Abrams – was considering both Bird and Blighty’s own Edgar Wright, but Mission: Impossible IV is officially going to The Incredibles writer/director.

Wright, who is still tied up with post-production on his hotly anticipated comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, is still on Cruise’s must-work-with list, though.

“I dig Edgar. Very nice guy, very smart, very talented, I’d really like to do something with him,” said Cruise, talking to Empire recently in Los Angeles. “I met Edgar on the set of Mission 3. Simon Pegg and those guys are hilarious. I love Shaun Of The Dead. It’s amazing. But we’re working with Brad right now. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it but everything’s signed... Brad is doing it.”

Um, we hope you were allowed to talk about it, Tom. The tape recorder was on, anyway. “The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille – Brad is enormously talented and JJ and I are having a blast, cranking away,” Cruise continued. “We’re having a lot of fun. I like working with people I just love hanging out with. You get to hang out and laugh and talk stories and movies and technology: what are we going to do?”

Mission: Impossible IV should hit theatres in 2011. In the meantime, Cruise’s spy antics continue in rom-com-cum-actioner Knight And Day (we’ve seen some of it – it looks terrific), due out in the UK on July 14 (June 25 in the US).

For a full interview with Cruise and his co-star, Cameron Diaz, pick up the next issue of Empire (not the current one – though buy that, too – the next one, out on June 3).

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I love Tom Cruise and I've enjoyed everyone of the Mission Impossibles Plus Brad Bird is the man and JJ (who made me a Trekkie) will make sure it's right there with the screenplay More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 06:12 on 12 May 2010 | Report This Post

From Brian de Palma to some fella who makes cartoons, seems about right More

Posted by 62Parker at 12:50 on 10 May 2010 | Report This Post

Interesting choice. His work on The Increables was just that! Looking forward to it... Though I would love to see Brian De Palma back at the helm. More

Posted by neopol at 00:24 on 10 May 2010 | Report This Post

Jimi
Wow, now I've gotta see it! I totally love The Iron Giant! More

Posted by Pixaroholic at 16:47 on 09 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE:Brad Bird Chooses To Accept MI:4
Exciting stuff - hopefully Bird will do some writing work on this too. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 04:52 on 08 May 2010 | Report This Post

I mean.... hmmm....
Look I love ya Tom but with that Knight & Day shit and this... I dunno, it looks as if he's taking steps back. James Mangold is a competent director, why not do a 3:10 TO YUMA-style thriller or re-team with Mr. Mann? More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 18:59 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

Never understood...
...the hate for the first MI film. DePalma had a really taught thriller with twists and turns all over the place. De Palma will forever be underrated.. Still, "THE INCREDIBLES" had some absolutely unbelievable action. If Bird can translate that to live-action, i think he'll do great. JJ doesn't hurt, either. More

Posted by Cilliandrew at 18:11 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

misson bloody mary
well,I hope he does better than the other three efforts, none of which has ever caught the fun of the original series....please, please.....light the fuse...... More

Posted by anthony liston at 15:52 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

MI4
They have been steadily improving from bad to mediocre, perhaps part 4 will actually be good! More

Posted by rich at 15:31 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

Should be very interesting and with JJ involved...even better More

Posted by ronniem at 12:21 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

Separated At Birth...
Ron Howard and Brad Bird. You could do another one of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brad Bird. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:21 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

"This is not Mission: Difficult, Mr Hunt, This is Mission: Impossible"
It took three movies to finally get the Mission: Impossible franchise on track (possibly because they ditched the overly complicated scripts by Robert Towne from the first two films). If they can continue the lean, exciting script that 3 had, they should come up with another winner. The ultimate Mission: Impossible would be to find a way to rid the world of Simon Cowell. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:20 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

also
The movie's release date has been delayed till Christmas 2011 not May 2011 More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 08:52 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

I really hope it doesn't suck. I love BB and his 3 mentioned films are actually my 3 favourite films, but he's not really proven himself in live action, so I'm worried. I'm also worried that a shameless sequel anywhere near Pixar, I mean yes, Pixar have done sequels, but Cars 2 not withstanding, they don't do them frivolously. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 07:28 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

Interesting... More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 01:05 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

Bring it on... however...
I would've loved to have seen Edgar Wright in the directors chair. He has proved with Spaced (the unspoken telephothy between men) and Hot Fuzz (Everything) that he's more than comfortable with action. Nothing against Brad Bird, it's just because Edgar Wright's name was involved. Anyway, the Mission flicks are good, fun, throw-away flicks - looking forward to it. Oh, and it's SHAUN of the Dead - sloppy copy. More

Posted by Faers at 01:04 on 07 May 2010 | Report This Post

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