Last month, director Brad Bird teased that that he had been thinking about some possible ideas for a sequel to his 2003 hit animated film The Incredibles. As he is now making the publicity rounds for his upcoming live action adventure Tomorrowland, Bird is starting to divulge some more about the project.
Speaking with Collider, Bird stated that “it feels like it to me” that Incredibles 2 will be his next project. He went on to reconfirm what he said last month that he has already been working on the script for the film.
Oh yeah I have pages, a bunch of pages. I had a lot of ideas for the original Incredibles that I didn’t get a chance to use, that I like. I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit and there wasn’t enough time in Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie. I’m just focusing on getting Tomorrowland out into the world and playing with the Incredibles sandbox again.
While I really love the world that Bird created for The Incredibles, it was such a well executed film that I never really felt the need for a sequel. And if anything, the lesson that Anchorman 2 taught is that it is very difficult to capture lightening in a bottle twice. Now Bird has shown some amazing chops as a director, crossing over from animation to live action with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol being perhaps the best installment in that franchise’s run. We’ll see whether that was a fluke or not in a couple of weeks when Tomorrowland comes out, but everything I have seen so far looks promising. If there was anyone right now that could do a really strong sequel to one of the earlier works that is a strong as the original Incredibles is, right now I feel it would be Bird himself.