Brad Bird Confirmed for ‘M:I 4’
Actor/producer Tom Cruise confirmed for Empire Magazine that the talented Brad Bird will make his feature film debut with Mission: Impossible 4. Cruise will return to lead the IM Force’s field leader, Ethan Hunt, for the big budget Paramount Pictures release.
The studio initially announced a May 2011 release date but either the production schedule or competition caused them to alter the release to December 16, 2011.
J.J. Abrams, who stepped in to salvage the floundering film franchise by directing the third installment, returns as a producer. The screenplay will be by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec from a story by Abrams and Cruise.
Cruise told the English magazine, “The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille – Brad is enormously talented and JJ and I are having a blast, cranking away. We’re having a lot of fun. I like working with people I just love hanging out with. You get to hang out and laugh and talk stories and movies and technology: what are we going to do?”
Apparently Bird was in contention with Edgar Wright for the assignment but his work on August’s Scott Pilgrim versus the World kept him from being signed. “I dig Edgar. Very nice guy, very smart, very talented, I’d really like to do something with him,” said Cruise. “I met Edgar on the set of Mission 3. Simon Pegg and those guys are hilarious. I love Shaun of the Dead. It’s amazing. But we’re working with Brad right now. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it but everything’s signed… Brad is doing it.”
The film will open against some genre competition during the holidays with Paramount’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Disney’s The Bear and the Bow also coming out in December.