Since the moment the credits rolled on Brad Bird's awesome 2004 film The Incredibles, fans have wanted to see a sequel about the superhero family. They're finally getting their wish: The Incredibles 2 was officially announced last year and Bird's coming back to write and direct it. The filmmaker has discussed the project a bit here and there, and ComingSoon just had the chance to speak with him briefly about the genesis of the project and how he needed to work on other things before he could come back and revisit those characters:
“I had a bunch of ideas that I wanted to put in ‘The Incredibles,' but they just didn’t fit. Certain ideas fit, but other things make you go, ‘This is great, but I’d have to give up two other things that matter more to me to get this other thing in.’ So there were a pile of ideas left over from ‘The Incredibles,’ but it’s not a big thing. There were little scenes and things that I was interested in. I wanted to come up with sort of an over-arching idea that connected to the first film that went somewhere different. That’s the one that took a little more time.”
“I don’t think I could have made this movie right away,” Bird explained when asked if the past ten years had changed his point of view on the characters at all. “Nor would I want to. I always want to break things up with something else. I know some directors who have done a movie and then, the very next thing they do is the sequel to that movie. Unless it’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and it was always conceived of us doing it that way, I will always want to break it up with something else and then come back to it. That said, I’m really looking forward to playing with this playset again.”
I've only seen The Incredibles once, so I really need to go back and revisit that film. I really dug it when it came out, but that was over ten years ago and I'm interested to see how it plays now considering superhero movies are coming out left and right these days. It's no surprise he has some ideas that didn't quite fit into the first movie: that tends to be the case for almost every director who returns to helm a sequel after directing an original story.
The Incredibles 2 doesn't have a release date in place yet, but Bird gave an update about that last week that you can read here. Are you excited to see this movie?