Brad Bird, recent Oscar winner for Disney/Pixar's RATATOUILLE, will make his live-action feature directorial debut with the financial backing of both Warner Bros. and Disney/Pixar, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The story is about a college student investigating his father's murder who discovers corruption that will prove devastating for the city of San Francisco when the Great Earthquake and subsequent fire hit in 1906 -- the title of the movie.
Bird is rewriting the script, originally written by John Logan.
Bird worked with Warners on the 1999 2D animated THE IRON GIANT, which was a critical success but failed to make much money.
Bird has since become a well-regarded filmmaker, especially in the world of CG animation, snapping up Oscars for his past two films: RATATOUILLE and THE INCREDIBLES.
Paula Weinstein is producing 1906, John Walker (Bird's producing partner) will executive produce, and Courtenay Valenti will oversee for Warners.
Bird's last time directing live action was in 1987, with an episode of AMAZING STORIES.