EXCLUSIVE: I hear that, after a hot pursuit by all the major Hollywood agencies, formerly rep-less Brad Bird has signed with UTA’s Tracey Jacobs and David Kramer. The writer-director is currently prepping to helm Paramount’s Mission: Impossible IV for producer J.J. Abrams, with Tom Cruise starring. But Deadline has reported previously that Paramount is currently rethinking MI4. I hear the script that came in is very good, but the studio is still trying to figure out the budget as well as Cruise’s role in light of the lackluster Knight And Day grosses. There’s talk that Tom’s character will mentor a young operative this time out if the pic proceeds. I just hope Bird is pay or play.
He’s also attached to direct 1906 for Warner Bros. Bird won two Academy Awards for directing the Pixar hits The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Bird’s first major animated feature came with Warner Bros’ The Iron Giant. In addition to working at Pixar, Bird has also had a prolific television career on such shows as The Simpsons, King Of The Hill, and The Critic. Bird will continue to be represented by attorney Jake Bloom.