'Mission: Impossible IV': Tom Cruise says Brad Bird is directing. Thoughts?

bird-cruiseAfter much speculation about who would take the helm, now Empire reports that Tom Cruise confirms animation master Brad Bird will direct the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. It’s certainly an interesting decision, considering Bird’s background with movies like The Incredibles and Ratatouille. And I have to say that as a person who’s not deeply invested in the MI franchise, it feels like an inspired choice. It’s boosted my interest level in another Mission: Impossible movie from about 0.2 on a scale of 10 up to near a 3 or — gasp! — a 4. It makes me think the producers might be trying to really shakes things up with this installment, enlisting someone who can bring neat-o things from their very different genre to this one. Then again, it could also just be a big ol’ flop. What do you think? Inspired idea — or future hot mess?

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  • Johnification

    Inspired choice to give direction of a film series based on a ’60s spy show to the man who made the most acclaimed retro-hero movie of all time.

    • Justin

      MI1 was very good, MI2 was pretty bad and MI3 is definitely underrated, JJ did a nice job and you cant get a better villain than Philip Seymour Hoffman

      • BlackIrish4094

        Totally disagree, the 1st one sucked, 2nd was a lotta fun but certainly overblown and thrid one was like an extended episode of Alias although PSH was a great bad guy, he was the only good thing about that flick.

      • Kat

        I thought MI1 was barely so-so. MI2 was great. MI3 is totally underrated—it rocked. I loved The Incredibles so this might be a really inspired choice of director.

    • Brad Bird directs!

      “Ok, Tom, I want you to run off the edge of this cliff. But don’t look down because as soon as you see you’re not standing on the ground, you’ll start falling.”

    • Brad Bird directs!

      “Tom, I really need you to look surprised here. Make your eyeballs stick out 6 inches from your face.”

    • Brad Bird directs!

      “I’m sorry, Tom, but I’m gonna have to amputate one finger from each of your hands.”

    • Brad Bird directs!

      I directed The Iron Giant. I know how to make a character whose expression never changes look sympathetic. But enough about Jennifer Aniston.

    • Keno

      Brad Bird is creative as hell and can direct an action sequence as good as anyone, so I’m 100% it’s going to be incredible. Doing a movie about a rat chef sounded awful, but ended up great – I’m not betting against him.

      … Tom Cruise might be weird, but he’s incredibly watchable.

      • BlackIrish4094

        Ratatouille was horrible, your first instict about a rat chef was on the money.

      • ^

        You must be high.

      • Johnification

        BlackIrish, you clearly have no soul.

      • Kat

        Loved Ratatouille also, as well as Incredibles.

      • BlackIrish4094

        Because I didn’t like Ratatouille I have no soul. Ok…..maybe you should consider the fact you take animated films a little too seriously Johnification but good luck with that, lol.

    • maxinpains

      it’s not gonna comes out great & clean. They do that on purposely.
      That’s how they makes movies.
      it shows that they have no talents & spends any efforts from the get go. Shame on .

  • Russ

    I think it’s an inspired choice, but then all of the MI films have interesting/inspired choices for directors: the interesting visual styles of Brian De Palma and John Woo, followed by J.J. Abrams’ emphasis on character and story. I’m not saying all the movies were good. No. 2 was pretty awful, but the others were decent. Hopefully Bird will make a smooth transition into live-action filmmaking.

    • BlackIrish4094

      I know I’m in the moniority but I LOVED MI 2 but I am a big John Woo fan so maybe that explains it.

      • BlackIrish4094

        Minority that is.

      • Heather

        Ditto – me too.

      • therealeverton

        I’m a big John Woo fan but he couldn’t save the awful story and they somehow made a MI film that was not only even worse than the first one but even less of a team movie. MI was a team show so why we had to just have Cruise and cameos from better actors as his “team” I don’t know. I got “forced” into seeing MI2 by the whole group cinema trip dynamic but I’ve avoided pt 3 and may happily live for 1,000 years without ever seeing another Cruise MI film.

        The only good thing about 2 (for me) was that it kept Dougray Scott away from X-Men and gave us Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Nothing against Scott it’s just Jackman played that role perfectly in x1 and x2. he was fine in x3 and Origins too but his charatcerhas been written with little imagination since then, not his fault and he still plays it well.

      • Ana

        I had no interest in seeing MI 3 either but it turned out to be the best in the series by far.

      • therealeverton

        :) A lot of people have told me that and I almost watched it last year but then I thought, if they’re wrong then I’ll have thrown away another two hours of my life!

        Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice I’m a great big idiot! :)

      • BlackIrish4094

        @therealeverton, I actually enjoyed the story although I agree it is probably the least “team” oriented of the films. The movies were always TC vehicles anyway so I never really thought of them as team films or ensembles.Plus Dougray Scott I thought made an excellent foil for Cruise. Part III the only thing you missed was PSH’s excellent bad guy performance, the rest was like an extended episode of Alias. American John Woo, nothing beats Face Off but give me the Killer or Hard Boiled any day of the week. I disagree with you about Jackman and Wolverine though, thought he’s been pretty mediocre and the movies less so than that.

  • BlackIrish4094

    Due to be a stinker. Loved the Incredibles, hated Ratatouille but I have to believe Crusie brought him in feeling he could control this director. Last MI stunk too (not a JJ Abrams fan although Star Trek re-boot was quite cool). The only good Cruise movies are the ones where he has a strong director to push him in the right direction (Born on the 4th of July, Minority Report, Magnolia, even Jerry McGuire)

  • KC

    Brad, don’t waste your talent on this forgettable series.
    I’d rather you concentrate your efforts on The Incredibles 2 if you’re going to go the sequel route on something.

    • Steph

      True. If any Pixar movie deserves – no, NEEDS to have a sequel, it’s The Incredibles. Why are we getting Cars 2 before Incredibles 2?

      • BlackIrish4094

        Agree 100%

  • Joe

    I approve. But the big question is: does Xenu approve?

  • Nathan

    Can’t go wrong with Brad Bird…….or John Lasseter…..or Pete Docter, heck I bet the Pixar night cleaning staff could make a better movie than most directors in Hollywood right now.

  • Adam

    I have liked all 3 for different reasons. 1 was great espionage, 2 was a cool (yet cheesy) action film, and 3 combined both pretty well. The villains have been good and i like the idea of a new director for each installment.

  • Celia

    That’s a very interesting choice. I love all of Brad Bird’s animated films, so it will be interesting to see what he does with a live action film.

  • james anderson

    I can’t wait for MI:4…people need to get over tom cruise’s personal life and focus on his acting again.Brad bird can bring some fresh things to the film…i’m there.

    • BlackIrish4094

      You think it’s his personal life that causes TC issues? I think it’s just he’s had a string of bad movies.

  • RK

    I keep reading this as “Big Bird”.

  • cm

    What is this “very different genre” you’re talking about? If you mean animation, I hate to tell you this, but it is not a genre. It is a medium that can do ANY genre.
    Brad’s work on the Incredibles will probably be very close to the work he does for this next MI. I think it will be the best MI to date.

    • Steph

      I always like to cite EW’s own list of the 25 best action movies ever, which included The Incredibles. The man already directs action movies – great ones!

    • BlackIrish4094

      Plus the Incredibles might be the greatest superhero movie ever, despite the recent spate of quality comic inspired films.

  • yodelmuffin

    I think this is a brilliant choice. Brad Bird is a phenominal director with a key eye for thrilling action set pieces. It will be brilliant seeing what he can do with a live-action forum. I loved The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and The Iron Giant. MI:3 was the best one in my opinion although it made the least money ($395 million worldwide and still deemed a disappointment). Fresh director and fresh take will probably bode well for a hit. I’m psyched!

  • Tyre

    Did anyone else observe that MI:2 was a blatant rip off of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious?

    • therealeverton

      Sorry, I was too busy trying to think of all the ways I could kill myself to spare the agony of seeing John Woo have to spend all of his talent making sure Tom Cruise was in centre stage in every shot.

    • BlackIrish4094

      Not at all. You really think so? I’m going to re-watch Notorious but if so I definitely missed that the previous times around (and I’ve shamefully watched MI2 many times, lol)

  • rebecca

    ugh NO!!! i hated his two Pixar/Disney movies The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

    • Tyre

      Really? Then you should burn in whatever hell that makes you see those fantastic movies over and over again :)

      • BlackIrish4094

        Ratatouille is just kind of gross, like someone else said, rats cooking, blech. But the Incredibles is a great film, animated or not.

    • therealeverton

      Seriously? Well it takes all kinds; but what didn’t you like about The Incredibles. I get the Rats cooking food thing, but it’s still an amazingly well made and written film; But Rats, people do not like rats.

  • Jacob

    Awesome choice. I say, if a fourth one’s gonna get made, who better than an extremely talented filmmaker to take the helm? Bird made, in my opinion, one of the best animated films of all time with The Iron Giant, and he made one of the coolest superhero movies this side of The Dark Knight with The Incredibles. Shame he’s not writing, but I suspect he’ll get his hands dirty with 12 pt. Courier at some point… The man’s a serious control-freak (and I say that in the most loving way possible).

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