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Brad Bird will not return for Mission: Impossible 5

Apr. 16, 2012by: Alex Maidy

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL certainly proved to the world that Brad Bird can direct live action just as well as he can handle animation. But, the director confirmed that he will not be returning to the franchise for a second round.

When asked if he would return for a sequel, Bird said no, I think that one of the things that’s fun about the series is that they always pull in a different director and try to get a different kind of take on the premise. I’d probably be open to looking at it, but I think that part of one of the successes of the franchises is that they’re always reassessing it with a new director. That was one of the things that attracted me to it. It’s not a franchise where it was about dismissing your style in order to get the style of the franchise. It was more about [having] each director influence the franchise. Because whatever you think about the films, they don’t look like they were made by the same person. They’re the same premise and the same lead actor and all of that, but they feel like four distinctly different movies, style-wise.

It will be a shame since GHOST PROTOCOL was my favorite in the franchise. Bird also went on to share some other interesting information about working on the film and other projects.

On Michelle Monaghan's character: Well, we were well into the film thinking that she had been killed, and filmed quite a bit of the film thinking that she wasn’t around, and we just kept thinking that that kind of cast the previous movie in a negative light because it’s kind of like all that stuff that he went through to keep her alive in the last one didn’t ultimately amount to anything. It was kind of like… Simon Pegg mentioned that it was kind of like the feeling that you had about Aliens after seeing Alien 3, where she goes through unbelievable hell to save a couple of people, and then both of them died before the third movie.

On what he wanted to explore most in a spy movie: When I first got involved in the film, J.J. asked me, “Are there any things that you would love to see in a spy movie?” And I listed about five things, and one them was that idea, that I wanted the gadgets to be as unreliable as they are in life, you know? They enjoyed that idea and were very supportive.

On 1906, his long in development earthquake disaster epic: I’ve not cracked it yet. It’s still an idea that I’m attracted to. It’s an incredibly challenging idea to get into a single movie. I don’t think that you can break it up into two, and have 1906 II: The Rebuilding. I think that the challenge is that it’s a very sprawling canvas, and you want to get it all in one film and have it be satisfying and take advantage of all the wonderful things that that idea, that that particular place at that moment in time, has to offer. But it’s a very challenging thing to get to work as a script.

No matter what genre Bird decides to tackle next, it will be widely anticipated.  I, for one, would love to see 1906 hit the big screen.  I read the novel which is just as sprawling and epic as he makes it seem.  Hopefully someone will get behind him all the way and let him loose with a blank check.  Because as we can see so far, the man delivers the goods.

Extra Tidbit: I would love to see the next Ethan Hunt adventure be directed by Danny Boyle. If he was up for directing Bond, he should be perfect.
Source: Crave Online

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10:22PM on 04/17/2012
I do like that this series gets different directors their shot & I doubt it will be some big name director doing part 5 & its about new & up and comers that Tom Cruise himself has faith in & will always give his all no matter who directs.
I do like that this series gets different directors their shot & I doubt it will be some big name director doing part 5 & its about new & up and comers that Tom Cruise himself has faith in & will always give his all no matter who directs.
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4:33AM on 04/17/2012
I didn't like Ghost Protocol as much as I liked M:I-3, personally, I'm glad he isn't returning. Just something about Ghost Protocol that didn't feel right for me. It would be awesome to see Fincher do one, like he wanted to back in MI3. That would've been a sight. Bringing his dark visual style and content into the series. Michael Mann too, agreed with that choice. Would've loved to see his take on the series
I didn't like Ghost Protocol as much as I liked M:I-3, personally, I'm glad he isn't returning. Just something about Ghost Protocol that didn't feel right for me. It would be awesome to see Fincher do one, like he wanted to back in MI3. That would've been a sight. Bringing his dark visual style and content into the series. Michael Mann too, agreed with that choice. Would've loved to see his take on the series
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3:42AM on 04/17/2012

Comedy

I saw the first half hour on a plane recently (short flight) and found the style a bit too tongue-in-cheek - tapping the payphone to make it self-destruct - it was almost a parody of the previous movies.
I saw the first half hour on a plane recently (short flight) and found the style a bit too tongue-in-cheek - tapping the payphone to make it self-destruct - it was almost a parody of the previous movies.
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3:17AM on 04/17/2012
I'm happy Bird isn't returning. He's very talented and his visual work on MI was top notch but the movie itself was a train-wreck. Too much (and misplaced) comedy drowned the tension. Don't get me started on the meaningless villain. Ghost places 3rd out of the franchise, just above Woo's doves.
I'm happy Bird isn't returning. He's very talented and his visual work on MI was top notch but the movie itself was a train-wreck. Too much (and misplaced) comedy drowned the tension. Don't get me started on the meaningless villain. Ghost places 3rd out of the franchise, just above Woo's doves.
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9:33PM on 04/16/2012
Does this mean we might possibly get an Incredibles 2 sometime in the not too distant future?
Does this mean we might possibly get an Incredibles 2 sometime in the not too distant future?
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8:05PM on 04/16/2012
I'm not too torn or surprised on Brad Bird moving on. Brad Bird doesn't seem like the guy that wants to milk a franchise for no other reason than to make money (for example, The Incredibles). As much as I felt that MI:GP was a fine entry, I still felt that there was room for improvement (mainly its somewhat simplistic plot and flat villains). I definitely would welcome David Fincher, as he'll add some welcome grittiness and urgency to the series. Or maybe someone like Neil Blomkamp (District 9)?
I'm not too torn or surprised on Brad Bird moving on. Brad Bird doesn't seem like the guy that wants to milk a franchise for no other reason than to make money (for example, The Incredibles). As much as I felt that MI:GP was a fine entry, I still felt that there was room for improvement (mainly its somewhat simplistic plot and flat villains). I definitely would welcome David Fincher, as he'll add some welcome grittiness and urgency to the series. Or maybe someone like Neil Blomkamp (District 9)?
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7:53PM on 04/16/2012

Disappointing

I like that the Mission Impossible series keeps switching up directors, but Brad Bird so completely hit that one out of the park that the next guy (or lady) won't be able to measure up. Having said that, I feel that whatever Brad Bird does next is probably going to rock harder than MI:5 anyway.
I like that the Mission Impossible series keeps switching up directors, but Brad Bird so completely hit that one out of the park that the next guy (or lady) won't be able to measure up. Having said that, I feel that whatever Brad Bird does next is probably going to rock harder than MI:5 anyway.
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7:52PM on 04/16/2012
How about Joss Whedon? Right up his alley and would be entertaining as hell. Although I really like the thought of what Danny Boyle could do to it...
How about Joss Whedon? Right up his alley and would be entertaining as hell. Although I really like the thought of what Danny Boyle could do to it...
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7:31PM on 04/16/2012

Yeah.

I agree, bring back Bird. But if they need a good action director that brings character in a cool way, let try LEN WISEMAN. People keep forgetting about this guy, he is a bad ass action director. And now he is on his way to prove it again with Total Recall. Lets bring the insane action next! As for Fincher, too slow moving. I love Fincher as much as the next man but his style will just slow it down to a crawl.
I agree, bring back Bird. But if they need a good action director that brings character in a cool way, let try LEN WISEMAN. People keep forgetting about this guy, he is a bad ass action director. And now he is on his way to prove it again with Total Recall. Lets bring the insane action next! As for Fincher, too slow moving. I love Fincher as much as the next man but his style will just slow it down to a crawl.
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7:21PM on 04/16/2012
Would love to see him come back and direct the fifth one, but David Fincher would be awesome.
Would love to see him come back and direct the fifth one, but David Fincher would be awesome.
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5:39PM on 04/16/2012
I like the idea of switching directors. I would like to see Cruise re-team with Michael Mann, Ed Zwick or Bryan Singer for a Mission: Impossible Movie. Or as the post below says, Fincher would be awesome as well.
I like the idea of switching directors. I would like to see Cruise re-team with Michael Mann, Ed Zwick or Bryan Singer for a Mission: Impossible Movie. Or as the post below says, Fincher would be awesome as well.
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5:36PM on 04/16/2012
Bring back David Fincher. He was suppose to direct M:I3 before Abrams became the director. I'd love to see what he'll do to the franchise.
Bring back David Fincher. He was suppose to direct M:I3 before Abrams became the director. I'd love to see what he'll do to the franchise.
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5:23PM on 04/16/2012
I'd still like to see a Joe Carnahan-directed entry.
I'd still like to see a Joe Carnahan-directed entry.
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10:23PM on 04/17/2012
Carnahan was suppossed to direct part 3 actually.
Carnahan was suppossed to direct part 3 actually.
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5:09PM on 04/16/2012
I like that idea of having different directors do the films. They are all unique and I have enjoyed each one for what each director brings. I just hope they find a director who is as good with the series as Bird and Abrams have been. I would also like to see him do 1906. Don't know anything about the book, but as a Bay Area native, I think that it would be pretty amazing to see a chronicle about the whole disaster.
I like that idea of having different directors do the films. They are all unique and I have enjoyed each one for what each director brings. I just hope they find a director who is as good with the series as Bird and Abrams have been. I would also like to see him do 1906. Don't know anything about the book, but as a Bay Area native, I think that it would be pretty amazing to see a chronicle about the whole disaster.
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