Mission Impossible IV Director Announced

Mission Impossible IV Director Announced

Empire Online has reported that the director of the next instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise has been announced. Brad Bird the director of films such as ‘The Iron Giant’ and ‘The Incredibles’ has signed on for the fourth film in the ongoing Mission Impossible saga with Tom Cruise to return to the role of Ethan Hunt.

This is an interesting choice given Bird’s strong involvement with animated productions throughout his career though he has directed a number of great films so this is good news for Mission Impossible fans, though JJ Abrams not returning to direct is likely to disappoint some.

The Mission Impossible franchise has been a little up and down so far with a great first instalment by Brian De Palme followed by John Woo’s mixed interpretation of the franchise before Abrams took over with his own ‘Alias’ style take on things which for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed and thought it was a great Mission Impossible film.

With pre-production not having started yet it’s likely we won’t see the finished product until sometime in 2011, until then let us know your thoughts on another Mission Impossible film with Ethan Hunt in the comments section below.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.