J.J. Abrams says what he’s seen of Brad Bird’s M:I – GHOST PROTOCOL “is kind of unbelievable”
Well, when you get a glowing review from J.J. Abrams, you know you must be doing something right. And that's just what director Brad Bird received from his producer (and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE directorial alumni) J.J. Abrams.
I wouldn't say anyone was worried when Bird chose to accept the mission of helming the fourth M:I film; he did after all make THE INCREDIBLES and THE IRON GIANT. While fantastic, they were both animated, marking GHOST PROTOCOL as the director's live action debut. But according to Abrams - a guy who knows a thing or two about filmmaking - he "couldn’t be more excited" about the film, stating that what he's seen thus far "is kind of unbelievable."
Read on for more of what Abrams had to say about the film and its director.
"It’s so weird to watch scenes for a movie by a director that feels so of that director’s style, and yet you realize you’ve never ever seen a live-action film by that director. You watch moments where you go, ‘That’s so Brad Bird!’ And then you realize, ‘Oh, it’s so weird to have seen a Brad Bird moment with actual flesh and blood actors.’ "
To me, when I think of Brad Bird and style, I think kind of a kind of art deco, retro futuristic, '50s serial animation, which is not exactly what Abrams is referring to here.
"He’s a filmmaker who has happened to use animation as a medium, but it’s his filmmaking and his characters and his rhythm and his comedy, the action he can do, it’s just the humanity that he’s done that comes through in movies that have happened to be animated. Seeing that kind of nuance in a movie with people is just, I’m just so thrilled to be a part of it all. I haven’t seen the whole thing, but what I have seen is sort of mind-blowing."
Well, color me excited.