March 13, 2008 / 7:02 AM / 10 years ago

"Ratatouille" director braces for quake thriller

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brad Bird, the Oscar-winning director of “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles,” will revisit the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in his live-action feature debut.

Writer/director Brad Bird celebrates with his Oscar statuette after winning Best Animated Feature for his work with the film "Ratatouille" at the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 24, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“1906” centers on a college student whose investigation of his father’s murder uncovers a web of deceit that has left the city vulnerable to the sort of fire that breaks out in the aftermath of the great quake.

The original script was written by John Logan (“Sweeney Todd”), and Bird is doing a rewrite. The project is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Disney/Pixar.

Warner Bros. released Bird’s 1999 2-D-animated film “The Iron Giant.” The acclaimed movie was a box office disappointment, prompting pundits to suggest that Warner Bros. failed to market the film aggressively enough.

In the period since, animation — especially the 3-D computer-generated variety — has become big business, and Bird has become one of the biggest and most respected names in the medium. He has worked in live action before, directing an episode of “Amazing Stories” in 1987.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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