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Brad Bird in negotiations to direct Mission: Impossible IV

Brad Bird (“Ratatouille”, “The Incredibles”) is reportedly in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to direct Mission: Impossible IV, which returns Tom Cruise in the lead role of Ethan Hunt:

A source close to the deal says that the talks hinge on Bird’s mammoth quote: animation projects can take three years of work, and therefore the directors get paid much more, and considering Bird’s last two films both won Oscars, his normal paycheck is even bigger yet. However, shooting and posting even a big-budget, CGI live-action film takes only a year or so. (In fact, this one can’t take any longer; the studio has it slated to open May 27, 2011.) Therefore, Paramount is hoping Bird will reduce his price accordingly.

‘M:I3’ director J.J. Abrams will executive produce and helped craft the story for ‘M:I4’. The screenplay was written by Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum.

Source: NY Mag’s Vulture blog