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April 23, 2012 - Mission: Impossible 5 / Brad Bird likely won't direct

Scooped on Monday, April 23, 2012

To promote the home video release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, director Brad Bird was asked if he would come back to direct the fifth Mission: Impossible movie. This was his reply:

"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."

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He's right that they're better with different directors, but he's wrong about all of them feeling different. So far only the first one feels really different to me. I think they need to do something closer to that one again, more "whodunit" and less "jumping off a skyscraper." I have no problem with the "jumping off the skyscraper" stuff, but this is at least the second one that's done it. Time to change it up again, in my opinion.

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