Paramount has most the primary pieces need for Mission: Impossible IV. They have Tom Cruise to star, JJ Abrams to produce, and have been desperately looking for somebody to direct. After going through a collection of possibilities, the studio has now turned to the most peculiar of choices with none other than Brad Bird.
Brad Bird in Talks to Direct Mission: Impossible IV
Brad Bird? Wait, I know that name. That's right - this is the same Brad Bird that directed the animated film The Iron Giant, and the Pixar hits, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Great movies, all of them, but they're also all animated films.
If Bird were to do Mission: Impossible IV, it would be his live-action directorial debut. A bold move by Paramount for a franchise that has a lot riding on it. On the other hand, the move also shows that the studio is thinking (far) outside the box. Bird, who has been planning on making his live-action debut for some time, is known for his storytelling skills as well as staging thrilling and intricate action set-pieces. All while making sure there is still heart and emotion.
I loved M:I:III and would have no problem seeing Abrams back in the chair. But this option does sound pretty damn interesting.