Incredibles director Brad Bird to helm animated film Ray Gunn for Skydance Animation

Director Brad Bird on the set of Tomorrowland (2015)
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Pixar director Brad Bird is set to move to Skydance Animation for his next film, Ray Gunn – Bird is the critically acclaimed director of The Incredibles.

Acclaimed director Brad Bird has made a name for himself directing beloved animated films, from The Iron Giant to Pixar’s The Incredibles (and its 2018 sequel). Now he is attached to direct Ray Gunn for Skydance Animation, Deadline reports.

As for what we know about the film so far, it’s reportedly based on a story written by Bird himself. Empire reports that Bird’s original tale focuses on Raymond Gunn, the last human private detective in a world where humans and aliens coexist. He’s hired to a pop singer, Venus Envy, to find out if she’s cheating on her husband. However, Gunn discovers that she is in fact being set up by her husband, who is trying to frame her for the murder of her body double. It sounds like an exciting bit of sci-fi noir, and Bird has reportedly been trying to adapt the story for 30 years. Whether the film will tell the exact same tale remains to be seen, though.

The script is co-written by him and Matthew Robbins, who has written on Crimson Peak, Jaws, and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (though the last two are uncredited). Producing the film for Skydance Animation are former Pixar head John Lasseter, David Ellison (who’s worked on three Mission Impossible instalments), and Dana Goldberg, producer of sci-fi movies Star Trek: Beyond and The Tomorrow War.

This is Brad Bird’s first film since the incredibly fun The Incredibles 2, which is Pixar’s highest grossing film of all time. But Bird doesn’t only work with animation, he’s directed his fair share of live-action films as well. These include the well-received Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the George Clooney-led Tomorrowland: A World Beyond. 

We’ll bring you more news on Ray Gunn as we hear it.

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