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Brad Bird’s Next Film Is…

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First, the bad news: It doesn’t look like Brad Bird will be making an animated feature anytime soon.

Now, the good news: Brad Bird is making another film.

Deadline Hollywood reported yesterday that Brad Bird is set to direct a major live-action tentpole for Disney from a script by Damon Lindelof, who co-created and exec produced the TV series Lost. Lindelof is co-writing the script–titled 1952 (work-in-progress)–with Jeff Jensen. No other details have been revealed about the project at this time. The film shouldn’t be confused with Bird’s long-in-development personal live-action project, 1906, which is about the historic San Francisco earthquake.

Of course, I have to take this opportunity to mention that even though Brad isn’t creating animation, he took the time to write the foreword to an upcoming animation history book.

  • Ryan

    If you follow him on twitter you wouldn’t at all be surprised by this. Bye Brad, it was nice once having fresh & talented directors who rose up from outside any clubby chummy group & did great stand alone work in feature animation and once animated & drew themselves. What I like about the man is that he hates sequels & only wants to do good stuff & explore new areas. You’d think there’d be enough directors out there who fit that mould.

    • Billy Batz

      Mission impossible 4. He explored a new area.. a sequel. Will he be the next frank Tashlin? time will tell.

    • Bob Harper

      Don’t you find it a bit amusing and slightly ironic for a man who hates sequels, his big live action debut was a sequel?

      I wish him all the best, he gave us some great animation and deserves to be treated with respect as a great director, which in “real” Hollywood means you have to direct live action.

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  • “If you leave animation to do live-action, you’re actually stepping down.”
    – Eddie Fitzgerald

    • Sardonic Tuba

      Tell that to Brad’s accountant.

    • A Writer


      that’s really not true lol

  • wever

    1906 is still in-development?? Awww.

    Well, it’s nice to know we’ll look forward to the film he does AFTER this one: 1945.

  • Lib

    Damon Lindelof is a horrible screenwriter, one of the worst working in Hollywood today.

    Brad Bird can do much better than teaming up with that guy. But oh well, he was able to deliver a great fourth Mission Impossible despite everything, so I’m sure he’ll also be able to salvage whatever trainwreck of a script Lindelof comes up with this time.

  • Blues

    After seeing MI4 I really think this guy should write his own scripts. Ghost Protocol was really confusing and unsatisfying and I don’t think it was Brad’s fault. Especially since his films have some of the best emotional pay offs in animation history.

    • I couldn’t agree more with this comment.

    • Rich Tom

      I believe the final writing pass was Bird’s, actually. There are a lot of Birdisms in the script, which my girlfriend and I thought was clear as a bell. We were actually buzzing about that on the way to the car. Usually I lose or give up on the plot threads of any spy anything about half way through.

  • JM Walter

    Effin´Ruler that Bird.
    wishing him the best. I hope he don´t go all Andrew Stanton on us.
    joking he will not.

  • Was My Face Red

    Guy who is a very talented director of distinctive animated films goes on to become a competent director of so-so mainstrem live action. Shame.

  • anonymous

    Disney likes “tentpoles” apparently..Wasn’t John Carter suppposed to be one?

    • Ryan

      Why are they so focused on the tent-poles, isn’t this meant to be the Entertainment Industry? I mean, where’s the gosh darn circus for crying out loud?

    • I am not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but every major studio has a small number predetermined blockbuster releases that they plan for each year. These films generally get more marketing and are generally bigger budgets and are known as “tentpoles”.

      This system is not a new thing, and has been going on for a couple of decades. So it’s not that the studio specifically “likes” tentpoles, it’s just how they class particular films.

      • Funkybat

        I think the sarcastic comments were made in part out of extreme disappointment to hear that Brad is apparently in no hurry to return to animated films, and out of a recognition that what has worked in Hollywood in the past is not always going to work.

        The economics of film, TV, entertainment in general are changing, due in large part to the general public’s malaise in regard to most “product” pumped into theaters. People are waiting for stuff to show up on Redbox or Netflix more and more, or just not seeing many of these movies or shows, period. So much of what’s being done is a rehash or and outright copy of some other series or concept perceived to be “successful” that creativity and *surprise* is becoming a rare commodity. For Hollywood to keep relying on “tentpoles” is actually riskier in the long run than trying something different, audiences are changing and what “always worked” will not work forever.

        Brad Bird brought some highly original films to life. One took a while to percolate up from “cult classic” but is now recognized by many as a groundbreaking film. He also directed one of the few Pixar films that truly begs for at least one (if not several) sequels. Those sequels are not going to get made any time soon, at least not with Brad at the helm.

        The one live-action project Brad Bird has been working on that sounds really groundbreaking and exciting to potential audiences is apparently caught in development hell, and he’s now going to be working on another high-concept project. I really hope we get some great films out of all this, but the loss to animation for now is daunting.

  • Sigh…
    I was less than thrilled with Ratatouille and MI:4. His latest film was just confusing as all hell. I don’t mind Brad directing live action, and I’m happy for him that he’s had plenty of success in his field. But for someone who was once my favorite director working today, so far it’s been two disappointments in a row for me. I kinda wish he’d either go back to animation and actually help to diversify the storytelling in animated features, or at the very least go back to writing his own material, even if it’s for a live action project. I want to hear more about this next project before I decide whether or not to be excited over it.

    • Charlotte

      In fairness, he took over Ratatouille from another director halfway through development.

  • Bud

    Animation or Not, it’s all great film making and storytelling from Mr. Bird. I can’t wait to see what he does next. GO BRAD!

  • Mark my words: It will be about the big UFO flap over Washington that year.

    …And if it’s not, I’m gonna be really disappointed.

    • Funkybat

      The UFO flap, the Korean War, and the ascendency to power of Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II are about the only events I can think of in 1952 that would have much story potential. I certainly hope it’s about the UFO “invasion.” Cold War “flying saucer” paranoia could make for some campy fun, a la “Matinee.”

  • Billy Batz

    I knew when Bird worked on the Batteries Not Included script he was a future film maker of america. Big dumb overblown action films are his future! Go Brad!!!

  • Rufus

    Anything Brad does gets a seal of approval from me. He’s possibly the best director alive. Wonder what the next feature will be like.

  • Hey now

    Bird continues the proud tradition of successful directors fleeing the ‘ghetto’ of animation the first chance they get. Umm… yay?