When The Incredibles came out in 2004, it was a hit across the board. Kids loved the colorful, super-powered characters. Adults loved the old-school vibe and the depth of the characters. The film won two Academy Awards, was universally acclaimed by critics, and made $631,442,092 on a budget of only $92 million. So, naturally, folks wondered if there’d be a sequel but, being that it was a Disney/Pixar property, it seemed like a long shot for a while. Up until that point, Pixar had only ever sequelized its Toy Story films. It wasn’t until 2011 that Pixar released a sequel that wasn’t Toy Story, and that was Cars 2.
Since then, Pixar has definitely softened its stance on revisiting their hits. They’ve released one other sequel (Monsters University), a spinoff (Planes), and have four more sequels in the works. Collider recently caught up with Incredibles director Brad Bird to ask him about the status of that film’s upcoming follow-up. The writer-director offered some interesting insights into the creative process that’s leading the film.
On what’s changed, in terms of pop culture, since the first film was released:
“But whatâ€™s changed is there were only two other superhero franchises at the time Incredibles came out. One of them was X-Men and the other was Spider-Man, and now there are 400 billion of them and thereâ€™s a new superhero movie every two weeks. What you donâ€™t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So weâ€™re trying to keep it focused in the area that our film was, which was a little bit more about characters and relationships and stuff like that, and see where that takes us. But weâ€™re having a good time.”
On the state of the script:
“I have the story arc. Iâ€™m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but weâ€™re already boarding parts of it. Iâ€™ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so weâ€™re all having a good time with it.”
Bird also says that the release date is up in the air, since the studio has several films in development and it’s really just a matter of which pieces fall into place first. Though, just looking at what they have in the pipeline, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing an Incredibles 2 prior to 2019.
My aunt, the late Elizabeth PeÃ±a, voiced Mirage in the original. It’ll be bittersweet to see the sequel with my kids, but at least we’ll always have the original- where my daughter always happily points out, “That’s Tia Elly!” Though, Mr. Bird, if you somehow happen to see this and you’d like to include Mirage in the next film my mother, Liz’s sister, sounds exactly like her. Just sayin’.
You excited for more Incredibles?