Brad Bird has become one of the most beloved filmmakers of the past decade and a half for a reason. After making iconic films like The Iron Giant or The Incredibles (and the extremely underrated Ratatouille), before moving onto live action movies like Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol and this year’s Tomorrowland, it’s easy to see why the director and writer has been able to amass the fan-following he has.
Which is probably why the announcement that The Incredibles 2 would be Bird’s next film has made so many fans out there yell with a combination of both joy and disbelief. Over ten years after the first Incredibles was released to rave reviews, the possibility of the movie getting a sequel seemed less and less likely the more time went on, but with the film’s follow-up finally set to happen, with most of the original cast presumed to be returning, it looks like the superhero genre is about to get a more-than-welcome new addition within the next few years.
Not much is known about the sequel at this point, with Bird only periodically giving updates about the script in interviews. However, after speaking with Collider recently, Bird revealed that the first draft of the script is almost completed with storyboarding for the sequel already underway:
“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.”
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise honestly considering how far along Bird was in the script when he last spoke about the film. However, he also went on to address the new landscape that the sequel will be coming out in, since the first movie came out when superhero movies and franchises were still sporadic and spread out, the movie had a much larger chance to stand out from the crowd. Nowadays though, superhero movies are having more and more trouble finding ways to be fresh and exciting, which Bird seems more than just aware of:
“But what’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 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.”
The superhero genre is becoming dangerously close to being formulaic and tired, with movies like next year’s Doctor Strange, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad hopefully bringing new dynamics and styles to the playing field. Considering how beloved The Incredibles is too, the sequel will not only have to live up to fans’ expectations, but also be able to thrive in this busy and crowded field its playing in. Whether or not that will be able to be done though, will have to wait to be seen.
However, while there still isn’t a release date for the sequel, Bird also went on to reveal that there is the potential for the movie to move up in its slate depending on how well the filmmaking process goes over the next few years:
“In terms of the release date, 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 movie is entering into a time where fans of the original will still be anxiously awaiting its arrival, but also, enough time has passed so that kids or teenagers who might not have seen the first movie or even heard of it up until this point, can still be introduced to it before the sequel premieres. With Bird back at the helm as well as most of the other creative team returning, the movie has about as much going for it as it can ask for now. Following this year’s failed attempt at a live-action Fantastic Four movie too, audiences might be needing The Incredibles 2 now more than ever.
The Incredibles 2 does not currently have a release date.
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