Brad Bird for Mission Impossible?
Animation director Brad Bird is in the running to helm Mission Impossible IV.
Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams are producing the fourth instalment in the action thriller franchise and have been meeting with a string of possible directors, including Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright, whose movie Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is released this summer.
Now The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog reports Bird - writer-director of The Iron Giant and Oscar-winners The Incredibles and Ratatouille - is being considered.
The fourth instalment of Mission Impossible, based on the 1960s TV series, has been in the works for some time, but in February Cruise confirmed he will reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt and make it his next starring venture.
Paramount has set a release date of May 27, 2011 and hopes to start shooting this summer.
Plot details are top secret, but Abrams worked on the story with screenplay writers Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum.
He said recently: "We're working on Mission IV and we have a really cool idea that we're playing with and I'm looking forward to that coming to pass - there definitely will be a European presence but there's a whole crazy story, it's definitely a jet setting movie.
"I'm producing with Tom, we're going to have a director soon - its fun!"