Tom Cruise Praises ‘Mission: Impossible IV’ Director Brad Bird

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

While promoting his new film Knight & Day with MTV, Tom Cruise was able to chat briefly about his return to the role of super-spy Ethan Hunt in the upcoming Mission: Impossible IV. Specifically, he discussed what director Brad Bird is bringing to the table for the franchise’s latest installment:

“If you really know his work the guy is just extraordinary… You look at ‘The Incredibles’, his action is… incredible, but it’s really like live-action. He’s got an incredible sense of story and wit. J.J. and I are producing it together, and we’re really excited about it. It’s going to be fun.”

Despite the film being Bird’s first foray into live-action, Cruise seems enthusiastic about his involvement and I have to admit it may be the most interesting part of this project for me at the moment. Cruise also discussed the importance of bringing a new director on board for each film:

My whole thing with the series is always having a new director come on and put their stamp on ‘Mission: Impossible’. Brian DePalma was first, then John Woo, J.J. Abrams and now Brad Bird, so it will be Brad Bird’s ‘Mission: Impossible.'”

There’s no doubt Brad Bird is an extremely talented storyteller and filmmaker and I’m hoping the skill he exhibits in crafting his animated features translates to live-action as well. I echo Cruise’s sentiment that this is a guy who really knows how to stage an action scene. In the age of shaky-cams and quick cuts, it’s refreshing to find a filmmaker who understands how to establish geography, choreograph the proceedings in  a way that is coherent and easy to follow, and is constantly raising the stakes for the characters involved.

The Incredibles Tom Cruise Praises Mission: Impossible IV Director Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a perfect example of action that results as an extension of the story and actually helps develop the characters. If Bird can bring those same sensibilities to the Mission: Impossible franchise then perhaps the fourth time will be the charm.

In my opinion, the first three Mission Impossible entries all showed promise of a better film trying to burst out from between the seams, which never quite got there. In fact, I personally think the Vatican City sequence in the third movie is the only moment in any of these films that truly embodies the spirit of the old television show, and shows how fun one of these outings could be if handled correctly.

How do you feel about Brad Bird stepping into the director’s chair? Is it too little too late for this franchise or are you expecting another solid Mission: Impossible entry? Sound off below.

Mission: Impossible IV is scheduled to hit theaters December 16th, 2011.

Source: MTV

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  1. Did he have to use the word “incredible” so many times? I get that he’s doing a thing because he’s talking about Brad Bird, but there are other adjectives.

    And personally, I loved Mission Impossible 3, but if you’re looking for the charm of the old TV series, Brad bird might just be your man, The Incredibles was all about the vintage 60’s feel, Bird knows how to bring that about without actually making a period piece.

  2. MI3 was the only one I didn’t like .
    I felt like the story just never got started , so much of the movie
    ( for me ) just felt vague.

    I think Bird is , at first glance , an unusual choice to direct . I also think it is a terrific idea.
    The Incredibles is proof that Bird can spin out a great story and that he can do very effective action scenes.

    I had been ready to write off this series after # 3 but with Bird now on board I am actually excited about Mission Impossible again

  3. Brad Bird is an Oscar winner for a reason. . . the dude knows what he’s doing and I’m extremely excited to see what he’s going to be doing for Mission Impossible.

  4. we had taken a trip to disneyland in 2006 and all that was ever on tv was the incredibles. though i watched it at least 12 times in 7 days, i enjoyed it over and over again. normally, i dont like that type of movie, i enjoy really dude movies ie action action action. but im looking forward with what birds version will be. cant wait.

  5. just wondering when this movie is gonna be realesed..i luv tom cruise from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You love Tom Cruise? Hmm, who’d have thunk it, tomcruiselover…

      Anyway, Wikipedia says they’re hoping for Dec 16 2011 opening, but things being so early in pre-production at this stage, I wouldn’t expect that to be set in stone or anything. 😉

  6. I loved the incredibles. I think its one of the best cgi movies up there with toy story,finding nemo and a bugs life. If he can translate from what he did in the incredibles to MI:4 then the franchise got another blockbuster under its belt. Ive liked the MI series and all the action. Its probably too late for the franchise but its nice to see them try.

  7. ^Mr. Incredible running from explosion^ “AHH! EXPLODIA! IT’S NOT POSSIBLE! NO ONE’S EVER BEEN ABLE TO ESCAPE him!”