Brad Bird isn’t sure if he’ll direct Mission Impossible 5

Following the success of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with universal critical praise and $690 million worldwide, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman last month confirmed a fifth Mission Impossible movie would be moving forward.

In a new interview director Brad Bird, who also directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar, said he wasn’t sure if he’d return to direct the next film as the franchise director switching has created “four distinctly different movies”, but he hasn’t ruled it out entirely.

From Crave Online:

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 Mission: Impossible 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.

Obviously Tom Cruise will be back, and we can assume that some of the supporting players (Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) may be involved. So far no writers have been hired to write the script, so it’ll probably be a while before we hear anything about the next director.

Are you ready for another mission?

  • Joe Belcastro

    It will be a damn shame if he doesn’t!