As has become the trend with Pixar, the sequel to their clever family superhero romp The Incredibles was always going to have to wait for a while after the first film. Pixar veteran Brad Bird has indeed worked on several other films since The Incredibles premiered in 2004, including Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland. Comingsoon.net caught up with Bird at a promotional event for the Blu-ray release of Tomorrowland to ask him about the Incredibles sequel.
“I don’t think I could have made this movie right away,” Bird explained in regards to the intervening decade between now and the original. “Nor would I want to. I always want to break things up with something else. I know some directors who have done a movie and then, the very next thing they do is the sequel to that movie. Unless it’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and it was always conceived of us doing it that way, I will always want to break it up with something else and then come back to it. That said, I’m really looking forward to playing with this playset again.”
Bird didn’t have much to say about the story, other than it is giving him opportunities to include ideas that were decidedly cut from the original film. “I had a bunch of ideas that I wanted to put in ‘The Incredibles,’” he said, “but they just didn’t fit. Certain ideas fit, but other things make you go, ‘This is great, but I’d have to give up two other things that matter more to me to get this other thing in.’ So there were a pile of ideas left over from ‘The Incredibles,’ but it’s not a big thing. There were little scenes and things that I was interested in. I wanted to come up with sort of an over-arching idea that connected to the first film that went somewhere different. That’s the one that took a little more time.”
While no official release date for Incredibles 2 has been announced, but a poster for it was spotted at the recent D23 Expo. We’ll keep our ears peeled.