Brad Bird Updates 1906

Brad Bird

We haven’t heard much lately about Brad Bird‘s live-action debut, a big screen adaptation of James Dalessandro‘s novel 1906.  Our friends at LatinoReview caught up with Bird at the premiere of Coraline, and was able to get an update.

“We’re looking at places to shoot it. The script I’m still working. it’s a really hard script to write. And mostly because there are so many interesting things going on in that place and that particular period of time that anytime you’re going towards something, you’re going away from 5 other cool things. So it’s been really hard for me to write. but I think it’s going to great. and we’ll see IF they have the courage to make.”

Bird admitted that he already has actors interested in the project, but wouldn’t reveal names.

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Update: Brad Bird’s 1906


/Film Reader PixarSpy sent over an interesting update on Brad Bird‘s live action feature debut adaptation of James Dalessandro‘s 1906. As you may already know, the film follows a young man who discovers a series of secrets and lies that left San Francisco highly vulnerable to the fires that engulfed the city in the aftermath of the historical 1906 earthquake.

My spy tells me that Pixar is busy building scale models and rumor has it they are re-creating San Francisco in computer imaging, based on original photos taken from 1906. I’m hearing that it will look extremely authentic. Right now the studio is unofficially aiming for a Winter 2009 release.

Brad Bird

Brad Bird has officially signed on to make his live-action feature directorial debut in a co-production between Warner Bros and Disney/Pixar. Based on James Dalessandro‘s 2005 novel 1906, Bird is rewriting the original script penned by John Logan. The assumption is that Pixar will be providing the computer generated effects. Here is the official plot description from the book’s cover:

Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle fought even as the city burns that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.

Bird is a two-time Academy Award winning director of animated films: 2004’s The Incredibles and 2007’s Ratatouille. He was also responsible for the unsuccessful but critically acclaimed 1999 film The Iron Giant.

Brad Bird Returns to 1906

Brad Bird talks 1906

After winning the Academy Award for best animated feature Ratatouille/The Incredibles director Brad Bird talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his next film, his first foray into live action, an adaptation of James Dalessandro‘s 1906, about the San Francisco Earthquake:

“At the time, Chinatown was coexisting with the Barbary Coast, which was like the Wild Wild West, and at the same time Nob Hill had the upper class. It was a time between two centuries. You had horses and cars existing simultaneously. It’s just a volatile mix of things and then you throw in an earthquake. I mean, come on, if that doesn’t buy popcorn …”

Rumor has it that Bird will direct 1906 either as the first film at new live-action division of Pixar or possibly part of a collboration between Pixar and a live action production comapny (possibly Disney owned), where Pixar would be handling the majority of the computer generated imagery. No timetable has been leaked, but Bird had been working on 1906 for a couple years before he got sidetraked with Rataouille.

Brad Bird to Direct a Live Action Film (1906?)

Brad Bird

Brad Bird has revealed that his next film will be live action.
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