Ghost Protocol Buzz Makes Tom Cruise Look Like a Genius

Critics who have seen the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opening Friday are gushing all over Facebook and Twitter.

Which leads FishbowlLA to congratulate Tom Cruise on his very wise and prescient decision to offer The Incredibles and Ratatouille writer-director Brad Bird (pictured) a live action shot. Per a recent Bird interview conducted by New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes at Skywalker Ranch:

Mr. Bird got this gig largely because of Mr. Cruise. He called Mr. Bird shortly after The Incredibles was released. “His composition and storytelling was absolutely wonderful, and I said, ‘If you ever want to direct live action, please, please direct me,’” Mr. Cruise said by telephone from Tokyo. Mr. Bird was charmed. But he went on his way, pursuing an ambitious live-action project about the wild and woolly scene in San Francisco just before the 1906 earthquake.

You’ll have to read the rest of the article to find out how Bird wound his way back to M:I. Many of the reviews posted so far make mention of the interesting and unusual choice of Bird as director.