It took a long time for Pixar to reveal they were at work on a sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles,” the animated feature from director Brad Bird (“Tomorrowland,” “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) that some still consider the company’s best to date.
Talking about the Signature Edition re-release of his early work “The Iron Giant” with Collider, Bird confirmed that he’s at work on “The Incredibles 2” script, and the team in place is already making progress:
“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.”
He says the second film’s plot will be adjusted to reflect how the superhero genre has changed over the past decade or so:
“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.”
Bird admits he’s not sure when the film might hit cinemas as these kinds of projects are always in flux:
“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.”
Pixar’s next film is “The Good Dinosaur” opening November 27th.