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Brad Bird Gives ‘Incredibles 2’ Progress Report

Director Brad Bird (M:I – Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland) recently spoke with Collider about the upcoming re-release of his animated classic, The Iron Giant, as well as various other subjects.  Among them was The Incredibles 2, which is slowly, but steadily moving along over at Pixar and Disney.  The super-sequel is still coming our way, thankfully, but Bird is taking his time to make sure that he gets it right.  While impatience tends to set in with such scenarios, especially given how wonderful the original film was, I’d rather him do it right than rush things.  Enough from me, however.  Let’s hear what Bird himself has to say…

“I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it.

What’s changed [in the past decade] 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 there’s a new superhero movie every two weeks.

What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So we’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 we’re having a good time.

We were originally – Incredibles was supposed to happen after Cars, and our wheels just happened to click a little earlier so they moved us up. Release dates are a little fluid when you’re making films so far in advance. Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out.”

The Incredibles 2 appears to be Brad Bird’s next project as a director, unless he signs on to another live action film in the interim.  Pixar’s next film is The Good Dinosaur, which sees release this November 27th.  While we won’t be covering that film, I’ll definitely be seeing it regardless.  Why?  Because dinosaurs (and also Pixar in general).


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