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Brad Bird Has Other Plans, Colin Trevorrow's "Mythology" Tease & 6 Things Learned About 'Star Wars 7' This Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 18, 2012 5:12 PM
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"Star Wars" can sadly bring out the worst in people. The rumor mill has been foaming like a rabid dog this week – the obsessed fanbase so eager and desperate for details they will take the tiniest of morsels of information and eviscerate, expound, exaggerate and speculate over them endlessly and relentlessly for anything resembling a clue. Even as one fire or two has been quelled, a few more nuggets have been dropped that have started a near-feeding frenzy of rumor and 2+2=5 conjecture.

Michael Arndt Writes 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Treatment, Spielberg, Abrams & Brad Bird Expected To Take A Look

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 4:30 PM
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Well, no matter where you stand on the prospect of "Star Wars: Episode 7," you have to admit this is at least a step in the right direction. The studio has found an Oscar winner to pen the treatment and possibly the screenplay for the upcoming sequel, and nerds and indie-cinema heads alike will approve.

Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's Mysterious '1952' Is In The Spirit Of 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 10:35 AM
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Back in May, genre enthusiasts got pretty excited when it emerged that writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird had set up a mysterious project at Disney known only as "1952." The only clues were that it was a sci-fi tentpole and plans were in place to get it in front of cameras in 2013. With the new year approaching, a few more scraps of info about what the project is have emerged, as well as the story behind its title.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 6, 2012 1:19 PM
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These days, Brad Bird is one of the most sought after directors around. He helmed "The Incredibles" for Pixar, still one of the company's best and biggest hits, and took over troubled project "Ratatouille" at the last minute, helping turn it into another classic, and another global hit. And last year, he made his live-action debut with the thrilling "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," which became the biggest film of Tom Cruise's career, and will follow it up in the near future with the Damon Lindelof-penned sci-fi "1952."

Director Mark Andrews Talks Replacing Brenda Chapman On 'Brave,' The Future Of 'John Carter' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2012 11:06 AM
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – Mark Andrews, who makes his feature directorial debut this weekend on Pixar's heavily hyped, medieval girl-power romp "Brave" (taking duties over for Brenda Chapman, who parted ways with the film – more on that in a minute) was also an assistant director and co-writer on "John Carter," Disney's massively budgeted sci-fi spectacle that crashed and burned like an out-of-control Martian spaceship. Few filmmakers have been in the unenviable position of being involved in huge (and occasionally troubled) productions this close together.

Brad Bird To Direct Mystery Disney Project '1952' Penned By Damon Lindelof

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 2:06 PM
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Well it may not be his San Francisco earthquake epic "1906," but it looks like another numerically titled movie has caught the attention of Brad Bird.

Is The Media Being Unfair To 'John Carter'? Brad Bird Thinks So

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 3:52 PM
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With Disney's expensive, years-in-the-making adaptation of "John Carter" finally hitting theaters next week, the buzz has both been very loud, and not all positive either. Fanboys were miffed when Disney, in a bid to make the sci-fi movie more broadly appealing, changed the title from the original "John Carter of Mars" to simply "John Carter." Rumors swirled of a massive $300 million budget, reshoots, and in recent weeks, soft tracking indicating the film may not be the blockbuster the studio is hoping for. But the filmmakers are starting to fight back. Director Andrew Stanton addressed the budget rumors calling them a "complete and utter lie" and today, the helmer's Pixar pal Brad Bird (likely part of the braintrust who served as advisers on the film) hit Twitter to lash out at the media, and what he perceives as a tar and feather campaign against the picture.

Discuss: With A New Trailer Arriving, Does 'Brave' Mark The Start Of A New Act For Pixar?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 23, 2012 9:01 AM
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For a company unaccustomed to anything but bountiful praise and spectacular box office, 2011 must have been a little tough for Pixar. This is a relative term: while "Cars 2" might have had the company's lowest ever admissions domestically (and second lowest gross), it performed well overseas, coming in as their sixth most successful film worldwide. But it's not the financial takings that must have been breaking hearts over at the animation giant's Emeryville headquarters.

Brad Bird Taking A Look At Directing 'Here There Be Monsters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 11:37 AM
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Yep, it's another this-guy-might-do-something story, so bear with us. We know. That being said, it involves Brad Bird, the geek fave behind "The Incredibles" and of course, the smash hit "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." And while that film is kind a bummer because it peaks right in the middle, the entire Burj Khalifa sequence was one of the best, most thrilling action sequences of the year. And so when Bird decides to show interest in a monster movie, we're all ears. 

Interview: 'Ghost Protocol' Director Brad Bird Hopes Earthquake Epic '1906' Is Next, Would Like To Revive Sci-Fi Noir 'Ray Gunn'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 8:03 AM
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Brad Bird has made a bold, fascinating leap from animation to live action with this week's glorious popcorn epic "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." But we were curious as to what kind of connection he still has with Pixar, his former home base, as well as what else he is working on. In the second part of our lengthy interview with the filmmaker (you can read the first part here), he fills us in on Pixar, his live action historical epic "1906," the status of his animated film noir "Ray Gunn," what former Pixar owner Steve Jobs meant to him, and why Wall Street is so scared of Pixar.

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