Pixar director Brad
Bird has officially signed up to direct Tom Cruise in a fourth
The news comes just as Paramount have announced the release date for
Mission: Impossible 4
has been nudged back to 16 December 2011, which is later than originally expected.
Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will be returning as Ethan Hunt, while
Mission: Impossible III
’s director J.J. Abrams will be overseeing proceedings as co-producer.
Bird has directed two animated films to Oscar-winning glory –
– but is less known for helming live action projects.
To date, his sole live action directing credit is an episode of
. Still, if
brings in the big bucks (we’re pretty sure it will), it would give a boost to Bird’s long-digesting pet project
Having languished in pre-production and budgetary woes for a while now,
is a live action flick about the San Francisco earthquake in that year, and the aftershocks of the historical event.
Think Bird’s up for an impossible mission? Or rather he just direct