Brad Bird was flying high at Pixar Animation Studios. After directing the critically-acclaimed animated film, The Iron Giant, he arrived at Pixar and went on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille, two films that proved the director was no ordinary filmmaker. However, in the past few years it was announced that he was set to take on a live-action film for the first time, specifically Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The question on the minds of many was “Would Brad ever direct another Pixar film?”. In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, he addressed exactly that and we have some good news!
EW sat down to talk with Brad Bird about the just-released Blu-ray of The Incredibles. As part of the extensive interview, Bird speaks about his time working on the film and the animation industry as a whole. When the topic of his being “kidnapped” from the animation world comes up, he talks fondly of his time at Pixar:
I have a really good relationship with Pixar. I really respect that studio, and I respected it way before I got there. It’s the finest group of people you could ever want to work with. I hope to do other things with them, and I think they do with me.
So, there you have it. Bird always wanted to direct a live-action film, so when he was asked by Tom Cruise to do so, he agreed. However, it looks like he wants to return to Pixar sometime in the future to work on another project. When will that happen? Who knows? For now, we are just ecstatic to hear that he wants to work on another animated film, as him leaving the animation industry behind forever would simply be a crime!
Make sure to head on over to EW to read the full interview, which is a must-read.