The billion-dollar success of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” film led to Disney giving the green light to a number of live-action film remakes of their animated classics.
So far the plan has been nothing but stellar for the Mouse House, generating multiple massive global hits with two grossing over $1 billion and a further two over $750 million worldwide.
Popular as they are, there are others who are not fans of the trend – one of them being director Brad Bird who helmed Disney’s best film of the year so far with “Incredibles 2”. Bird made his name on animated films with universal acclaim for “The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” before jumping to live-action with the franchise revitalising “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and the troubled “Tomorrowland”.
Speaking with Cinema Blend, Bird was asked about the idea of a live-action version of “The Incredibles” and says he thinks it’s unnecessary:
“People have talked about it with Iron Giant, and you can tell any story in any medium. But to me, I thought of Iron Giant as an animated film; I thought of ‘Incredibles’ as an animated film, even though it’s human characters.
You could absolutely tell that story in live-action, but I feel like we’re re-chewing the same food too much. I want something new, and this is not a time where the world is friendly to that. It wants sure things. And so you’re constantly being served the same meals. ‘But this one has a sprig of parsley on it!’ It’s like, ‘No!'”
Bird goes on to say he has no problems with sequels and franchises, but what he wants to see more of is a wholly original idea:
“I love a good sequel as much as anybody else. I’ve made two of them. But I don’t want a whole diet of that. I love seeing James Cameron do Avatar, and come out with something brand new. I love seeing Back To The Future, and not knowing what’s going to happen. So I hope that we move into a time where some sequels are made, but there are a lot more original films on a grand scale. I’d love to see that.”
John Walker, a producer on Bird’s films, says a live-action version of “The Incredibles” just wouldn’t work in the live-action medium:
“I wouldn’t want to see it, no. The style of the film is so embedded in how it’s designed, and how it looks, and how it feels. I just can’t imagine. I just can’t imagine even great actors doing it… In an odd way I think it would be less believable. I think that you buy into those characters in those situations because of the entire package.”
“Incredibles 2” will be available digitally on October 23rd ahead of a Blu-ray, DVD and VOD rental release on November 6th.