Though Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol only came out in December of last year, there have long been talks about the filmmaker crafting an adaptation of James Dalessandro's 1906. The story follows a young man who discovers why San Francisco was so vulnerable to the fires that were caused during the earthquake of 1906. It's still unknown if Bird will ever actually get to make that film, but at the very least his next movie could have a year as its title.
Deadline reports that Bird is now attached to direct 1952, a new tent pole film being produced by Disney. The studio already has a script written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. As with seemingly ever Lindelof project, however, (Prometheus, the Star Trek sequel, Lost, etc.) plot details are not being given at this time. The project is expected to be huge for Disney and has "multi-platform aspirations." Bird hasn't made it official that it will be his next movie, but the studio is hoping to start production some time next year. It was recently reported that the director will not be returning to direct the sequel to Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
I don't know how to feel about Bird potentially jumping straight to another big action/tentpole movie. His first experiment in live-action filmmaking was an incredible success and I'd love to see him stretch his abilities as far as they will go. Then again, if 1952 could promise more of that amazing 2D IMAX you can consider my ticket purchased.
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