Heat Vision is reporting that The Incredibles helmer Brad Bird is a contender to direct Mission: Impossible IV, to again star Tom Cruise and to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Cruise.
Paramount Pictures is targeting a summer start for a May 27, 2011 release.
Cruise and Abrams have been meeting with helmers including Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright.
Bird’s credits also include The Iron Giant and Ratatouille. While he’s never directed a live-action movie before, he has long been developing 1906, set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. That project is set up at Warner Bros. and is reportedly stalled because of budgetary reasons.
Plot details for Mission: Impossible IV are being kept a secret but Abrams worked on the story with screenwriters Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the script.