Brad Bird Reveals Why A Sequel to 'The Incredibles' Hasn't Happened

October 26, 2011

The Incredibles

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 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.

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  • Ctrice
    • Tester
      Agreed.   If only the rest of Hollywood would have the integrity this man seems to possess.
  • Alex Williams
    I could not agree more with Brad Bird on this one. It's avoiding the same decisions that put Transformers pre-maturely into so many sequels that ultimately could never follow up to the first one. I say take as long as you need because it is a film that deserves a sequel and it is a sequel that deserves the time and effort. Thumbs up for the integrity of Brad Bird.
  • I respect this man's integrity but I really would like to see another 'Incredibles' and I hope he does make a sequel movie soon! 
  • I absolutely have an idea for him. I really would love to meet the guy, hammer out details and write the film... seriously, I have a treatment on my ipad... writing exercise and all... anyway.
    • Anonymous
      Try a short film and fund it yourself. Might get their attention
  • Dspot
    I understand and respect what he is saying and I wish more people would have this philosophy. At the same time though come on, in 7 years you cannot come up with a good enough idea for a sequel ?? Incredibles was awesome and there needs to be a sequel !!
    • Tester
      What makes U think that he has spent the last 7 years trying to come up with a sequel idea ?
  • Anonymous
    So basically money is being thrown away at crappy sequels like Resident Evil and Paranormal Activity....
  • Anonymous
    If the sequel comes out 20 years later it better be a mind blowing sequel, lol.   Other from that I respect the guy for saying that and continuing to refine his craft in other genres making himself a well rounded director. I'm sure with the experiences he will attain over the years he will craft a spectacular sequel.  
  • Cody
    If The Incredibles 2 is to The Incredibles what Toy Story 3 is to Toy Story, take as much time as you need.  I can wait for quality like that.
  • This is the best news we could get. Brad Bird knows what he's doing. I wouldn't want to see a sequel unless he really wanted to make one.
  • Dave
    Take your time Brad, as long as I know that a sequel to monsters inc. is coming
  • With this in mind, The sequel will be great!
  • Mehektanvir
    In 7 years you should have ideas for a sequel for incredibles. And 10 years for Monsters Inc! Forget toy story, you've already done 3! I respect your wishes and understand your busy. JUST MAKE THAT DAMN SEQUEL!!!
  • ASB
    PLzz concentrate on the script like Toy Story 3
  • Fembot69
    He will be sued by Marvel for ripping off the Fantastic Four like he did in the first one.......
  • Jonathan A.
    I have millions of ideas for movies ... my mind goes to places many would not even try ....




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