Brad Bird Will Not Return to Direct Next 'Mission: Impossible'
Continuing the franchise's tradition
Per a (very wonderful) interview on Crave (via Cinema Blend), Bird says, "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."
Of course, this is nothing new for the franchise, as Bird notes that each installment has been directed by a new director - the first by Brian De Palma, the second by John Woo, and the third by J.J. Abrams. That's quite a variety of action-oriented directors and, based on the risk the franchise took with Bird, it will be quite interesting to see who they bring in for the next film. Any ideas?
Tom Cruise is too old to be running, jumping etc. This 4th movie was exactly as the 3rd one! By all the media hype I thought it would be his last and best film on Mission Impossible, because the screen makes Tom look too old!
Changing Subjects: I feel sorry for Katie Holmes because Tom has made another Nicole Kidman. Katie is taller than Tom just like Nicole, way younger than Tom and he thinks he is taking her youth away from her to do films like Mission Impossible? I don't think so. Katie, if you ever have a change to run, run girl as fast and far as you can!