Brad Bird Talks “Star Wars,” “Incredibles 2”

Filmmaker Brad Bird returns to cinemas this month with the upcoming Disney family adventure feature “Tomorrowland”. Having begun doing press for the film, the “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” director was asked by Collider about his immediate next project. Bird confirms it’s the sequel to the 2004 Pixar feature “The Incredibles” which he helmed:

“Yeah it feels like it to me, yeah… I have pages, a bunch of pages. I had a lot of ideas for the original The Incredibles that I didn’t get a chance to use, that I like. I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit and there wasn’t enough time in The Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie. I’m just focusing on getting Tomorrowland out into the world and playing with The Incredibles sandbox again.”

As he’s a Disney alum, Bird was also asked about the possibility of him taking on a “Star Wars” movie sometime in the near future. Bird in fact was one of the early contenders to direct “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before J.J. Abrams ultimately got the gig. Even so, there’s at least one upcoming “Star Wars” film without a director right now, a potential job it sounds like he has discussed with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy:

“Well and I have discussed the possibility of – I mean she’s basically saying this is a very large sandbox and other people can play in it. I was particularly attracted to the idea of picking up and – J.J. got very excited about the notion of shaping the next trilogy, and that idea was interesting to me too. But I kind of – I’m writing a sequel to The Incredibles and I can’t think too much farther beyond that. I have other things I want to do as well.”

“Tomorrowland” opens in cinemas on May 22nd.