Incredibles director Brad Bird has emerged as a possible candidate to step behind the camera for Mission: Impossible IV.
The Heat Vision blog reports that although Bird has never helmed a live-action feature, he is praised for his storytelling skills and "is known for his strengths in staging thrilling and intricate action set-pieces as well as fusing the action with large dollops of heart and emotion."
Star Tom Cruise will reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt and is producing with J.J. Abrams.
Paramount has set a May 27, 2011 release date for the movie and is eyeing a summer start.
Cruise and Abrams have been meeting with directors including Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright. (In related news, Fleischer just sold an untitled buddy comedy pitch to DreamWorks.)
Bird has long been developing the live-action 1906, set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Teen idols including Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Brittany Murphy, Ryan Seacrest, Colin Farrell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff and Tony Hawk were on hand for this year's Teen Choice Awards Saturday at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, Calif.
Making his first public appearance in two weeks was Los Angeles star Laker Kobe Bryant, who was not expected at the event after being formally charged with felony sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman who worked at an exclusive resort hotel in Eagle, Colo., on July 18.
Accompanied by his wife, Vanessa, Bryant flashed a thumbs-up and peace sign at fans but did not talk to reporters before going into the show, where he received best male athlete honors. This was Bryant's fourth win in five years. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only professional sports team to have members who have won this award, with Shaquille O'Neal taking the honor in 2001.
Other highlights of the night include Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Gellar, who won for best TV actress in a drama. This was her fourth win in five years in this category and ninth win overall--more than any other female.
Best hissy fit went Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler--his fifth award overall in five years--for his role in the big-screen comedy Anger Management.
In TV highlights, the WB drama 7th Heaven, which revolves around a Christian family and the issues they encounter, also received its third consecutive win as best TV drama. The series, now in its eighth season, stars Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, David Gallagher, Beverly Mitchell and Mackenzie Rosman.
Kutcher, however, was the night's big winner. He won best actor in a TV comedy for his role as Kelso in That '70s Show, best reality host for his MTV prankster series Punk'd and the coveted "male hottie" award.
The David Spade-hosted telecast will air Aug. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Choice Movie, Drama: The Matrix Reloaded
Choice Movie Actor, Comedy: Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty)
Choice Movie Actress, Comedy : Queen Latifah (Bringing Down the House)
Choice Movie Villain: Colin Farrell (Daredevil)
Choice Movie Hissy Fit : Adam Sandler (Anger Management)
Choice Breakout Female Movie Star: Hilary Duff (The Lizzie McGuire Movie)
Choice TV Drama:7th Heaven
Choice TV Breakout Show: 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Choice TV Actor, Comedy: Ashton Kutcher (That '70s Show)
Choice TV Actor, Drama: David Gallagher (7th Heaven)
Choice TV Actress, Drama: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Choice TV Sidekick: Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show)
Breakout Male TV Star: George Stults (7th Heaven)
Breakout Female TV Star: Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter)
Choice TV Reality Show: American Idol
Choice Reality/Variety Host: Ashton Kutcher (Punk'd)
Choice TV Reality Babe: Paula Abdul (American Idol)
Choice TV Reality Hunk: Ashton Kutcher (Punk'd)
Choice Greatest TV Reality Moment: Justin Timberlake's tax repossession (Punk'd)
Choice Grossest TV Reality Moment: Eating squid guts (Fear Factor)
Choice Scariest Reality Moment: Ruben Studdard in the bottom two (American Idol)
Choice Music Female Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Choice Music Rock Track: "Bring Me To Life" (Evanescence)
Choice Male Hottie: Ashton Kutcher
Choice Male Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Choice Comedian: Jim Carrey
Choice Male Fashion Icon: Ryan Seacrest
The 2003 Teen Choice Awards is executive produced by Bob Bain (The Billboard Music Awards) and Mike Burg. Paul Flattery and Michael Levitt serve as producers. Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.