One of the biggest surprises that came from mainstream Hollywood last year was Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. It completely reinvented the franchise in a fresh, new way that had us wanting more right when the closing credits were finished rolling. And most of the success of the movie can be traced right back to the kinetic and exhilarating directing style of Brad Bird. He added some much needed flash, style, and ingenuity to a series that always felt a step behind modern action movies.
But in an interview with Crave, Bird had a devastating response when talking about his future on the series.
No, 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.
Just when the franchise got new life injected into it, Bird seems to have put it right back on a respirator. Sure there are plenty of directors out there that could do a serviceable job on a series like this, but Bird added something special to Ghost Protocol that made it rise above the norm.
The only silver lining here is that now Bird can become one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. As disappointed as we are, we can’t wait to see what he does next.