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Old April 9 2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

Brad Bird will be making his transition from animation to live-action with the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible movie franchise, starring Tom Cruise. Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams will produce, and Tom Cruise will once again star.

While not confirmed, Total Film basically says that Bird is in final negotiations and all that's to be decided is the salary, which apparently will be far greater than what Bird is accustomed to working on his animated projects.

Quite frankly, I'm pumped over this. If anyone can direct the fourth installment in this franchise and give it some gusto, that man is Bird. Plus, Bird has worked with Mission: Impossible III composer Michael Giacchino before (on The Incredibles) so this could also mean Giacchino (who delivered a fantastic score for the third installment) might also return.
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Old April 9 2010, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

Is Brad Bird going to have a hand in writing the script? I think he'll be an interesting director, but to me his strength has always been giving an emotional weight and soul to his projects through careful writing and characterization.

If he is allowed to write MI:IV I'll be much more excited than if he is only directing it.
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Old April 9 2010, 05:54 PM   #3
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

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Is Brad Bird going to have a hand in writing the script? I think he'll be an interesting director, but to me his strength has always been giving an emotional weight and soul to his projects through careful writing and characterization.

If he is allowed to write MI:IV I'll be much more excited than if he is only directing it.
I believe the script is finished, or at least is already well underway. Signing Bird as director might give him an opportunity to make suggestions or tweaks but I don't think they'd let him throw the script out and start over again.
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Old April 9 2010, 06:10 PM   #4
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Not interested. If Brad Bird was involved in making the next Superman movie...that would make more sense...this is just a waist. No offense to those who like these movies.
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Old April 9 2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

Who's in your avatar, Jetfire?
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Old April 9 2010, 06:29 PM   #6
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Old April 9 2010, 10:52 PM   #7
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That's what I thought. I've never seen that pic before, it's a good one.
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Old April 10 2010, 06:19 AM   #8
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

^ It is a good one of her indeed. I think Bird will be a great director and as far as I know the script has already been finished...a couple of months or so ago I think unless they've been doing rewrites on it. I enjoyed MI:III...and will be checking this out too.
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Old April 11 2010, 10:37 PM   #9
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

Very cool, excited to see him make the transition into live film. Although, I think it';s going to be much tougher for him to control actual actors, especially Tom Cruise, as opposed to things that are animated to do whatever he wants them to do.
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Old April 12 2010, 04:57 PM   #10
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

Brad Bird (if that is his real name) isn't what is going to make this 4th installment of the stellar Mission Impossible franchise fantastic. Tom Cruise and his sheer and undeniable acting chops are what will make this movie fantastic. The guy has an embarrassing amount of talent, and really was born to play the Ethan Hunt role. He took a stale, dirty old franchise and turned it in to a roller coaster ride of awesomeness.

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Old April 12 2010, 09:13 PM   #11
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

I'm curious more about the story that MI:IV will take. Will it try to reinvent itself ala Bourne like the Bond series did or stay in line with the other 3 films in the series. Themselves more like Bond anyway as I recall.

I'm indifferent on Bird at this point. I remember that Michael Keaton couldn't possibly be Batman and John Favreau was going to embarass himself directing Iron Man.
Just cause he(Bird) hasn't doesn't mean he can't.
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Old April 12 2010, 09:17 PM   #12
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^ The M:I movies seem to reinvent themselves with each movie since each one had a different director (who was allowed to do his own thing) and music composer.
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Old April 13 2010, 11:34 AM   #13
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

^ Yeah, the only constants have been Cruise & Ving Rhames. Well, I suppose you could count the MI theme but even that has radically differed from movie to movie.

With Abrams remaining on, even in a production capacity, this is the nearest we've got to inter-movie continuity. Wonder if the lovely Michelle Monaghan will be back as Mrs Hunt.
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Old May 8 2010, 03:09 AM   #14
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Re: Brad Bird confirmed as "MI4" director

Brad Bird is confirmed to direct the film though and Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt, his character from the first three movies.

No plot details have been released yet but the script is written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.
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Old May 8 2010, 04:55 AM   #15
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Is Brad Bird going to have a hand in writing the script? I think he'll be an interesting director, but to me his strength has always been giving an emotional weight and soul to his projects through careful writing and characterization.

If he is allowed to write MI:IV I'll be much more excited than if he is only directing it.
I believe the script is finished, or at least is already well underway. Signing Bird as director might give him an opportunity to make suggestions or tweaks but I don't think they'd let him throw the script out and start over again.
In motion pictures, the director is the lead creative force. Scriptwriters are usually perceived merely as hired contractors whose job is to tell the stories the director and producers want to tell. Even if the script is already written when the director comes in, it's just considered a guideline that the director is free to modify as he goes to fit his vision, whether by rewriting it before production, engaging in on-set improvisation during shooting, or altering its content in post-production through editing and dialogue replacement. (Or her vision, of course, but the antecedent here is Brad Bird so I'm going with the male pronoun.)

And if he wants to toss out and replace the script, I don't see why "they" wouldn't "let" him. Hollywood moviemakers have little loyalty to scripts. They don't hesitate to toss out scripts, patch fragments of multiple scripts together, even commission competing scripts for a single film and mix and match their favorite parts of each. They see scripts merely as raw material, to be casually disposed of or replaced. Which is why the writing in most movies is so much less coherent than in television, which is a writers' medium.


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With Abrams remaining on, even in a production capacity, this is the nearest we've got to inter-movie continuity. Wonder if the lovely Michelle Monaghan will be back as Mrs Hunt.
I hope so. Hunt's relationship with her humanized him in a way the first two films didn't, and she turned out to be the ultimate hero of the film herself in a delightful subversion of expectations and gender roles.

I also hope they bring back Maggie Q. And that red dress.
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