According to Heat Vision Paramount has drawn up a list of potential directors who may direct Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 4, although one candidate is an interesting one. And quite surprising.
On the surface, Bird may seem a peculiar choice. The writer-director wrote and directed 1999’s “The Iron Giant” and 2004’s “The Incredibles” as well as 2007’s “Ratatouille” (the latter two earned Oscars for best animated picture), but he has never helmed a live-action feature. On the other hand, nabbing Bird would be inspired. He is praised for his storytelling skills and is known for his strengths in staging thrilling and intricate action set-pieces as well as fusing the action with large dollops of heart and emotion.
This wouldn’t be the first time a director known for animated movies had made the leap to live-action. Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) is currently filming John Carter of Mars, a live-action sci-fi movie which will be using similar performance-capture technology used by James Cameron for Avatar.
Paramount has set a May 27th 2011 release date for Mission Impossible 4 with the aim of shooting this summer, so the director will probably be announced in the near future.