Brad Bird Talks 'Incredibles 2' & Turning Down 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
With all the Pixar sequels that have been coming lately, from Monsters University this summer to Finding Dory in 2015, many fans have been wondering, where's the sequel to the film that could so easily have one: The Incredibles. Well, director Brad Bird has always said he doesn't just want to do a sequel because it's easy to make another superhero movie, and he wants to have a story about the family to tell with as much heart and substance as the first one. But that doesn't mean he doesn't want to do it. When THR sat down with Bird recently, they asked about The Incredibles 2 and he remarked, "I have been thinking about it."
Bird, who is working on Tomorrowland at Disney right now, said:
People think that I have not been [thinking about 'The Incredibles 2'], but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.
I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I’m comfortable with the end result but also speed them up a bit and make more of them. I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.
When it comes to filmmaking, I've always wondered how directors like Bird, who clearly have a lot of ideas, stay focused on their projects when they have other great ideas cooking. I like that Bird is trying to figure out how to streamline his filmmaking without sacrificing story quality. Speaking of what, it was a rush schedule that ultimately took Bird away from directing Star Wars: Episode VII. Bird explains:
I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the 'Star Wars' films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.
Much respect goes to Bird for wanting to stick to his own original project rather than jumping on the Star Wars franchise. While he was definitely the favorite for the job before Abrams was hired, there's no reason Bird couldn't come back and direct Episode VIII. In the end, Bird made a tough decision, but stuck with the project he had his heart set on. As difficult as I'm sure it was to turn down Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas asking him to direct a part of a saga that influenced Bird's life and career so much, hopefully Tomorrowland will be worth it in the end. In the meantime, we'll hope that The Incredibles sequel gets off the ground in the next few years. Thoughts?