Without a doubt, two-time Academy Award winner Brad Bird's most popular film is Disney-Pixar's The Incredibles. As much as people loved Toy Story 3, despised Cars 2, and are already perplexed by next year's Monsters University, there has been a large fan outcry for an Incredibles 2. However, Bird has now achieved great success with his live-action directorial debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, is trying to revive his San Francisco earthquake project 1906, and is considering an offer from Legendary Entertainment on their fantasy naval warfare film Here There Be Monsters. But Bird has heard all the chatter about the sequel that everyone wants and IFC got him to talk about it.
I really love those characters and if I can figure out a whole story to do I would do it. But one of the advantages that we had in the original Incredibles was that several of the characters had never really got to flex their muscles before. They were repressed, and it was about them discovering their own abilities. Any sequel to it, that particular thing — which is really a wonderful thing to be able to explore in a movie — that’s sort of gone. And so you have to find something that is equally interesting to do in a sequel.
I would not say no to [The Incredibles 2], because I really love that world and I love those characters. If I can figure out a complete thing — you know, I have a lot of ideas that I love — but the whole story, I haven’t got it yet.... if I can do that and make something that was to Incredibles what Toy Story 2 was to Toy Story, I would love to do it.
Bird says his next film will most likely not be animated, but that he has ideas for animated movies. I remember hearing about a project he was working on before The Iron Giant hit theaters, called Ray Gunn, which was supposed be this futuristic take on a '30s film noir with Michael J. Fox as a lead voice. He has recently made mention of the project and has an interest in getting it made. Would you like to see Brad Bird return to make Incredibles 2 and other animated films?