Brad Bird Reveals Why A Sequel to 'The Incredibles' Hasn't Happened
by Ethan Anderton
October 26, 2011
It's been almost seven years now since Pixar released their animated superhero adventure The Incredibles, and since then, fans of the heroes, including myself, have been clamoring for a sequel to the film that had a fun open-ended conclusion with the superhero family meeting John Ratzenberger as The Underminer. While that likely wouldn't lead directly into a sequel, there's been a lot of buzz surrounding Brad Bird and his 2004 film, mainly because films like Monsters Inc. have sequels on the way while The Incredibles remains dormant. The director recently spoke to Movies.com and explained why that's the case.
Basically, the reason a sequel hasn't come about is that Bird hasn't exactly been actively trying to crack a story for one yet, “To say that I’ve had trouble [coming up with a story is to say that [a sequel] has been my pursuit. I haven’t really been pursuing that.” Bird elaborated even further though:
“I think the reason it hasn’t [happened] yet is because the studio would like me to do it, if there were another 'Incredibles.' And I’ve told them that I’m not really friendly to have someone else take away my child. I would like to think that I have several good ideas that could be incorporated into a next Incredibles, but I don’t have a whole movie yet, and the last thing I want to do is do it just because it would open big, or something like that.”
Basically, Bird's integrity and attention to detail and perfection has made it so that we don't get a rushed sequel just to satisfy the studio. Bird says:
"I want to do it because I have something that will be as good or better than the original. 'Toy Story 2' was, to me, a perfect sequel, because it absolutely respected the first film but found new places to go without selling out its characters. So if I could come up with an idea that is to 'Incredibles' that 'Toy Story 2' is to 'Toy Story,' I would do it in a second.”
But right now, it sounds like Bird's focus is on his live-action filmmaking career with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol poised to hit theaters in December (complete with a confirmed six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises on 70mm IMAX screenings). A new trailer for that film hits tomorrow for us to see how the animation director fares in the real world. Personally, I think the spy sequel looks fantastic, and I'm still clinging to hope that the success of this film will allow Bird to get his gestating earthquake project 1906 off the ground. In the meantime, stay tuned for the new Mission Impossible trailer slated to hit tomorrow.