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JJ Abrams raves about Brad Bird's Ghost Protocol

05.06.2011

There's no denying that animation icon Brad Bird is a great director, with classics like RATATOUILLE, THE INCREDIBLES and today I just learned THE IRON GIANT under his belt, but it seemed strange that he was tapped to helm the newest installment of the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise, GHOST PROTOCOL.

But never fear, producer JJ Abrams recently spoke to MTV about the project, and he couldn't stop gushing about how impressed he's been with Bird's work, and how well his style shines through in the film.

I couldn’t be more excited about [Ghost Protocol]. Not only is the movie coming along, but what I’ve seen is kind of unbelievable.

It’s so weird to watch scenes for a movie by a director that feels so of that director’s style, and yet you realize you’ve never ever seen a live-action film by that director. You watch moments where you go, ‘That’s so Brad Bird!’ And then you realize, ‘Oh, it’s so weird to have seen a Brad Bird moment with actual flesh and blood actors.’

And what is Brad Bird's style specifically?

He’s a filmmaker who has happened to use animation as a medium, but it’s his filmmaking and his characters and his rhythm and his comedy, the action he can do, it’s just the humanity that he’s done that comes through in movies that have happened to be animated. Seeing that kind of nuance in a movie with people is just, I’m just so thrilled to be a part of it all. I haven’t seen the whole thing, but what I have seen is sort of mind-blowing.

I've been a fan of all MISSION IMPOSSIBLE installments to date, and despite it seeming rather late to the party, I am excited for GHOST PROTOCOL and the hopefully return of Tom Cruise: action hero.

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Extra Tidbit: Why do people have the last name "Bird" (Brad, Larry), but I've never heard of a Mr. Dog, a Mrs. Cat? This should be investigated immediately.
Source: MTV

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9:56PM on 05/06/2011

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Don't forget Big.
Don't forget Big.
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8:52PM on 05/06/2011
I'm a fan of this franchise, but would have preferred a straight up sequel instead of a passing-of-the-torch film to renners character.

Hope Brad Bird gets to do his passion project 1906 next. about the fires in San fransisco.
I'm a fan of this franchise, but would have preferred a straight up sequel instead of a passing-of-the-torch film to renners character.

Hope Brad Bird gets to do his passion project 1906 next. about the fires in San fransisco.
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8:30PM on 05/06/2011
Right on, hope there's a trailer soon, release is Dec, right?? Though feels strange to not have it as a summer release....
Right on, hope there's a trailer soon, release is Dec, right?? Though feels strange to not have it as a summer release....
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6:43PM on 05/06/2011

Gotta love Brad Bird

Pumped as hell for Ghost Protocol
Pumped as hell for Ghost Protocol
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5:57PM on 05/06/2011

Return?

When did Tom stop being an action hero? He's concreted himself as an action star in my mind.
When did Tom stop being an action hero? He's concreted himself as an action star in my mind.
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7:46PM on 05/06/2011
uhh... half a decade ago, when he released his last good action movie -- Mission Impossible 3.

Sure he was funny and entertaining in the ONE action movie he had between then and now - Knight & Day, but the movie turned to utter shit as soon as his character left and none of it was very memorable or awesome if at all.
uhh... half a decade ago, when he released his last good action movie -- Mission Impossible 3.

Sure he was funny and entertaining in the ONE action movie he had between then and now - Knight & Day, but the movie turned to utter shit as soon as his character left and none of it was very memorable or awesome if at all.
4:44PM on 05/06/2011
This is great news! i was excited for this because i love Birds work and apparently this film is going to be awesome as i expected. Good to hear i cant wait to see this.
This is great news! i was excited for this because i love Birds work and apparently this film is going to be awesome as i expected. Good to hear i cant wait to see this.
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3:29PM on 05/06/2011
Sounds good but now get making the next Incredibles already.
Sounds good but now get making the next Incredibles already.
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2:18PM on 05/06/2011

I'm more interested in seeing this

movie because of Brad Bird, not because of Tom Cruise.
movie because of Brad Bird, not because of Tom Cruise.
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1:39PM on 05/06/2011

Oh how I miss the days...

When Mike Sampson refered to this as..."NOT M:I-4".

Still...I still can't wait for this. Brad Bird is a great director & this should be a wellcome sequel in 2011's continued REMAKE-land.
When Mike Sampson refered to this as..."NOT M:I-4".

Still...I still can't wait for this. Brad Bird is a great director & this should be a wellcome sequel in 2011's continued REMAKE-land.
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1:18PM on 05/06/2011

YAY...

Whens this come out????
Whens this come out????
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1:15PM on 05/06/2011

can't wait to see CRUISE back in action

and Bird DESERVES a big live-action movie like this, glad he got it.

by the way - this deserves to be re-brought up everytime there's a M:I-4 article...

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for anyone who hasn't seen it... you must watch the WHOLE thing to get it
and Bird DESERVES a big live-action movie like this, glad he got it.

by the way - this deserves to be re-brought up everytime there's a M:I-4 article...

[link]

for anyone who hasn't seen it... you must watch the WHOLE thing to get it
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1:10PM on 05/06/2011
ABOUT THE M:I FRANCHISE: Apparently Jeremy Renner will be the new star of the M:I franchise, then came the news Jeremy Renner is the new star of the Bourne franchise. What's next? the new James Bond after Craig?. Similar roles in similar frachises... don't know if this going to work.
ABOUT THE M:I FRANCHISE: Apparently Jeremy Renner will be the new star of the M:I franchise, then came the news Jeremy Renner is the new star of the Bourne franchise. What's next? the new James Bond after Craig?. Similar roles in similar frachises... don't know if this going to work.
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1:17PM on 05/06/2011
I always dug him doing the Mission Impossible thing, but I hope the Bourne project with him falls on it's face. Damon=Bourne. Period. Anything else, no.

I jokingly wrote when the Renner/'Bourne' news was announced that it probably came down to Daniel Craig and Jeremy Renner to play the new 'Bourne'... but hell who knows anymore, maybe it actually did.

Maybe if I say it twice it'll help, but I hope the new Bourne project falls on it's face and goes into development hell.
I always dug him doing the Mission Impossible thing, but I hope the Bourne project with him falls on it's face. Damon=Bourne. Period. Anything else, no.

I jokingly wrote when the Renner/'Bourne' news was announced that it probably came down to Daniel Craig and Jeremy Renner to play the new 'Bourne'... but hell who knows anymore, maybe it actually did.

Maybe if I say it twice it'll help, but I hope the new Bourne project falls on it's face and goes into development hell.
1:30PM on 05/06/2011
the Renner thing really does sound redundant. he should stick with Brad Bird and ditch bourne.
the Renner thing really does sound redundant. he should stick with Brad Bird and ditch bourne.
5:49PM on 05/06/2011
You can also add Hawkeye in the Avengers to that list.
You can also add Hawkeye in the Avengers to that list.
1:00PM on 05/06/2011

If Abrams says it...

I believe it. Brad has an incredible visual sense and a talent for character development.
I believe it. Brad has an incredible visual sense and a talent for character development.
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