Last week, we covered the trailer for the newly-remastered rerelease of The Iron Giant that is set to return to theaters for a limited run, as well as to a store near you via a brand new blu ray. But what if there’s more at play than just a simple rerelease? According to Vin Diesel, Brad Bird’s cult classic 1999 animated feature may be getting a sequel!
On the actor’s Facebook page, he shared the same trailer that we did, but what’s interesting is the caption he wrote for it:
I have been very lucky to have played so many interesting characters… one of the first and one of my favorites is… the Iron Giant.
P.s. Don’t be surprised when you hear WB announce the sequel.
For fans of the original, this must sound like an unlikely dream coming true. Why unlikely? Because the original film didn’t perform well in theaters. The Iron Giant is one of those films that took on a life of its own once it came to home video. In theaters, the $70 million-budgeted film only mustered $23 million at the box office. It did, however, become something of an undiscovered classic when it came to the small screen.
The film’s director, Brad Bird, would also go on to become a beloved filmmaker in his own right thanks to films like The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He certainly would have the clout these days to make a pitch for The Iron Giant II and have people listen.
But would it be traditional animation, like the original? Or would the sequel take on the kind of computer animation that has become the primary style used for animated features in the last 20 years?
Or was Vin Diesel just playing around?
You be the judge. Discuss.