By Kate Ward
Updated March 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

A new contender has come forward in the fight to helm Mission: Impossible IV. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Tom Cruise and Paramount has expressed interest in The Incredibles writer-director Brad Bird for the action flick, set for release May 2011. If Bird is chosen for the job, it would be his first foray into live-action directing. Cruise and the studio have also met with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Edgar Wright.