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Brad Bird Talks 'Incredibles 2' & Turning Down 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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May 16, 2013
Source: THR

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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?

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  • Linkfx
    He's so great. I hope he does new films, but I definitely wouldn't hate another Incredibles. His worst film is mission impossible, but that's still a great movie. Definitely want to see what he will do next...with more story and more character-centricity. The guy unarguably has buckets of style and intelligence to spare.
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      Considering his only live action film is MI4 and you seem to love Bird I'm wondering if you want him to just stick to animation or if you think he can handle actors. Do you want him to direct a Star Wars film even though you don't like his work in live action?
      • Linkfx
        I think he is great as an animated films director. I feel like the weakest part of M:I 4 was the script, which probably isn't even his fault. The direction was extremely tight. Good movie. I don't see any reason for him not to continue to make live action films, I just hope that with the next one he gets the same amount of creative control he has had on his animated projects that he was mostly likely not given on a high expectation franchise like M:I 4. I say Brad Bird, bring it on! Whatever he wants will mostly likely be great. I just hope he gets to put more his personal touch on things like dialogue and the plot nuances that made Iron Giant, Incredibles and Ratatouille(especially this one, my personal fave, even though I know it wasn't his original idea, he rewrote the script) so unique and lively.
        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
          I definitely agree, thanks for elaborating. Love Iron Giant and Ratatouille and MI4 did have script issues, MI3 was far superior IMO.
  • Me Again
    He will be better for Episode 8 anyway
  • DAVIDPD
    THE INCREDIBLES 2 should be great if Bird is back.
  • Yeah right
    Yeah right,keep believing that he passed on Star Wars for whatever land. I am sure he wouldn't have had much creative control on the star Wars movies because he is not an established director on real live action movie.MI4 being his only outing For a director who tries to spread his wings his decision makes $en$e . Because imagine he fucks up Star Wars and it's a flop,his live action forray would be over and he would be like his mate Stanton trying to make that 150Mmillion money back. As far as the incredible 2 is concerned,you bet that if he flops for a Disney movie,like the nemo sequel,that would be a way for him to save his career
  • Hamengku
    If Disney pulls through with their plan of having a new Star Wars film every year, I wouldn't mind seeing him do a spin off movie where he can create his own story apart from the main episodic movies. He could make it animated or live action and have the freedom to do as he wishes within the Star Wars universe.
  • SV7
    Bird has got to be my favourite film director working today. He hasn't let me down yet. I thought MI:GP was the coolest, most fun film of that year. Incredibles is certainly that and Iron Giant is wonderful. He would have been my number one choice for the new Star Wars films. That would have been a dream come true. But you got to respect him for standing by his own film.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    NOPE!!!!! No, you will not return, because you still can torment me
  • https://www.facebook.com/asabere.akwasi Akwasi Asabere
    If Bird does The Incredibles 2 I just might die of excitement.
  • fazha
    Sure sounds like he's a shoe in for Episode VIII. Both he and Abrams are great directors so either way the series is in good hands. I'm more hopeful about the future of Star Wars than I have been since I walked out of the theatre after the first time seeing 'The Phantom Menace' (OK, maybe the second time. The first time I wanted it so bad I think I convinced myself it was good.)
  • Johnny Neat
    The guy is gold, so whatever he wants he should get. I want an Incredibles 2, as it's my favorite Pixar film behind Toy Story, but the guy is an artist and no one wants a rushed money grab move. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with Tomorrowland and there will be more Star Wars.
  • tyler fontes
    Let me know when u begin on incredibles 2 and ill come work for pixar.
  • Anika
    I've been waiting 9 years for the Incredibles 2 movie. As long as I know it is going to be made, I'll wait longer. I just hope I don't have to wait too much longer.
  • nellydesign
    They went forward with some ill advised sequels to the weakest of the Pixar films and have refused to work on one of the best in their history. Toy Story sequels? Yes, of course. Finding Dory? Yeah, great decision. Cars 2 and Planes? Mmmm, no. And the reviews bear that out. Make an Incredibles sequel already. it should have been worked on and greenlit long before any sequel to Cars.
  • Soham Mukherjee
    They should make incredibles 2. It was such a good movie for both kids and adults, and was successful in the profits. Plus, behind Toy Story(never go wrong with that series), it's my favorite pixar film. Plus, theres a cliff hanger

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