Mar 26, 2010
These director possibilities also raise some interesting score possibilities. Wright worked with David Arnold on Hot Fuzz. Would the resident James Bond composer ever consider defecting (if only briefly) to the competition? Why not? John Barry certainly scored plenty of other spy movies amidst his Bond work. Arnold has worked magic with exciting new reinventions of "The James Bond Theme" and Barry's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." He's comfortable building a score around an iconic piece by another composer and making it his own, and he's skillfully put his own spin on the Barry sound and updated it for our age. I'd be thrilled to see him do the same for the second most famous spy tune of all time, and to watch him play in Lalo Schifrin's sandbox! That possibility alone makes me give Wright a second thought. But Bird, on the other hand, collaborates with Michael Giacchino. And Giacchino has already written the best score for any of the Mission: Impossible movies to date. He's already demonstrated his clear affection for Schifrin's music, adapting not only the M:I Theme, but also Schifrin's "Mission Accomplished" composition. And I have a feeling that Bird could draw out of him an even more ambitious take on that music than Abrams did. After all, when John Barry himself wasn't comfortable with writing a Sixties John Barry score for The Incredibles, Giacchino stepped up to the plate and turned in the best Sixties John Barry score since the Sixties! I suspect he could easily outdo his outstanding score for M:I:III given a second go.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Paramount set a May 27, 2011, release date for the movie and is eyeing a summer start." So hopefully we'll know fairly soon who the new helmer is... and be able to make a pretty informed guess as to the composer. I only regret that the great Peter Graves won't be around to do the cameo that J.J. Abrams had mooted last fall.