"Now Mark," you're probably thinking. "Why the heck would you geek out over some stupid little Tom Cruise spy movie?" I'm getting all nuts for this one because of the director...Brad Bird.
You heard me right. Brad Bird. The director of the Oscar-winning Pixar films The Incredibles and Ratatouille...the director of my all-time favourite film, The Iron Giant...is making his live action debut with Mission: Impossible 4.
Originally, Bird was going to make his live-action debut with the historical epic 1906, about the earthquakes and fires that destroyed San Fransisco in 1906, but the studios deemed it too big and too expensive for a first-time live-action director. So, he got the job to do the next Mission: Impossible film.
J.J. Abrams, who directed Super 8, the Star Trek reboot, and Mission: Impossible III, is back on board as producer and co-writer. Abrams wrote the script along with his former Alias writers Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum.
Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol hits theatres December 16.