Although they built their reputation on bold original ideas for animated features, Pixar has been making more sequels these past few years than original films. And that has made me a little sad, as I think that the company is at its best when it is giving us something brand new rather than the same old same old. That said, though, I have been looking forward to director Brad Bird possibly returning to the world of superheroes that he created for 2004’s The Incredibles. And while he has been hinting that he has been toying with the idea of a followup to that film, Bird has finally made a concrete statement that he is actually getting to work on the project.
Speaking with NPR‘s Ask Me Another while promoting his upcoming Tomorrowland, Bird was asked about The Incredibles 2 and he gave this update –
It’s percolating… I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens.
Not much of an announcement but an announcement nonetheless. If anything, though, it does tell us that Bird, probably in conjunction of several of the other creative heads at Pixar, have settled on at least the rough outline of a story for the sequel. Obviously we don’t have any word of what that story may be, but as long as Bird hasn’t changed his mind since last year, Mr. Incredible’s best superhero friend Frozone will be appearing in the film.
So when will we actually get to see The Incredibles 2? Well, with the completion of Tomorrowland, Bird’s schedule is pretty open with no other announced projects. Pixar’s release schedule is set for the two years with Inside Out coming on June 19, 2015, The Good Dinosaur on November 25, 2015, Finding Dory on June 17, 2016 and Toy Story 4 on June 16, 2017. The studio also has two release dates announced with no titles attached – November 22, 2017 and June 15, 2018. Seems like one of those spots would be a good fit.