Brad Bird appears to have ruled himself out of directing a fifth 'Mission: Impossible' film.

The helmer says the ''fun'' aspect of the movie franchise is that there is a different person in charge of each production, which is one of the reasons he was keen to work on the fourth motion picture 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.

When asked if he would consider using the ideas that didn't make it into 'Ghost Protocol' in a sequel, he replied to Crave: ''No. I think that one of the things that's fun about the series is that they always pull in a different director and try to get a different kind of take on the premise.

''I'd probably be open to looking at it, but I think that part of one of the successes of the franchises is that they're always reassessing it with a new director. That was one of the things that attracted me to it.''

Brad believes having a different director for each of the films is beneficial for the franchise because each movie ''feels like four distinctly different movies, style-wise''.

He added: ''It's not a franchise where it was about dismissing your style in order to get the style of the franchise. It was more about [having] each director influence the franchise.

''Because whatever you think about the 'Mission: Impossible' films, they don't look like they were made by the same person. They're the same premise and the same lead actor and all of that, but they feel like four distinctly different movies, style-wise.''