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Brad Bird is "thinking about" The Incredibles 2; was he approached for Star Wars?

05.16.2013

Anytime Pixar announces a new project an audible sigh escapes from fans when it's not for a sequel to THE INCREDIBLES, which is often considered the best of the studio's work and most deserving of another entry. Director Brad Bird has been hounded about the status of continuing the adventures of Mr. Incredible and his super-powered family ever since and in a recent Q&A with THR, Bird confessed that it is certainly on his mind. The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL director also let slip that he was approached for Star Wars and explains why he had to turn it down.

Bird on THE INCREDIBLES sequel:

I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I’m comfortable with the end result but also speed them up a bit and make more of them. I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones.

Bird on why he turned down STAR WARS: EPISODE VII:

I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.

Bird is currently prepping his sci-fi Disney pic TOMORROWLAND with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, so he'll be embroiled in that venture for a good while, but hopefully he finds time to "assemble the plane" that could be THE INCREDIBLES 2, not to mention finding the parts that could lead to him flying a STAR WARS film in the future. Bird would soar on that franchise, in my opinion. Okay, no more aircraft metaphors.

TOMORROWLAND is set to debut on December 19, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Bird for Star Wars: Episode VIII or The Incredibles 2? You must choose. But, choose wisely.

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11:29AM on 05/17/2013
To be honest, I'd love to see Mr. Bird make another animated movie. It could be something like The Iron Giant meets Ocean's Eleven.
To be honest, I'd love to see Mr. Bird make another animated movie. It could be something like The Iron Giant meets Ocean's Eleven.
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11:32PM on 05/16/2013
What he did with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was fantastic. I know a new director comes in with each new film, but I would love to see him direct another one.
What he did with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was fantastic. I know a new director comes in with each new film, but I would love to see him direct another one.
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7:20PM on 05/16/2013
I have nothing but respect for Bird and Pixar for not rushing an Incredibles sequel. These days, it seems any cartoon with a modest success gets a sequel (Rio, Happy Feet, Dispicable Me, Madagascar, Kung-Fu Panda, Shrek, Ice Age, etc). Granted, some of those have been good but some were just cash grabs. I'm more than happy to wait for an Incredibles sequel if it means it matches the quality and awesomeness of the first film.
I have nothing but respect for Bird and Pixar for not rushing an Incredibles sequel. These days, it seems any cartoon with a modest success gets a sequel (Rio, Happy Feet, Dispicable Me, Madagascar, Kung-Fu Panda, Shrek, Ice Age, etc). Granted, some of those have been good but some were just cash grabs. I'm more than happy to wait for an Incredibles sequel if it means it matches the quality and awesomeness of the first film.
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5:59PM on 05/16/2013

Whatever he's more excited about

I get the feeling that he thinks about an INCREDIBLES 2 mainly because the fans are clamouring for it, not because he has a great story to tell. He's such an amazing director/writer that I'll pretty much see anything that he sticks his name on. With that in mind, I'll just let Mr. Bird do his thing and merely enjoy the results, whether it's TOMORROWLAND, INCREDIBLES 2, 1905 or whatever else he dreams up.
I get the feeling that he thinks about an INCREDIBLES 2 mainly because the fans are clamouring for it, not because he has a great story to tell. He's such an amazing director/writer that I'll pretty much see anything that he sticks his name on. With that in mind, I'll just let Mr. Bird do his thing and merely enjoy the results, whether it's TOMORROWLAND, INCREDIBLES 2, 1905 or whatever else he dreams up.
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5:04PM on 05/16/2013

the simpsons!

kind of off topic, but i've been watching some old simpsons episodes (season 3) and noticed that Brad Bird was a consultant in the credits.
kind of off topic, but i've been watching some old simpsons episodes (season 3) and noticed that Brad Bird was a consultant in the credits.
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4:38PM on 05/16/2013

Incredibles 2, PLEASE!!!!!

It's a no-brain, cash-making, super juggernaut of a notion! EVERYONE and their mother wants Incredibles 2!!!
It's a no-brain, cash-making, super juggernaut of a notion! EVERYONE and their mother wants Incredibles 2!!!
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4:18PM on 05/16/2013

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Planes wasn't produced by Pixar.
Planes wasn't produced by Pixar.
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2:46PM on 05/16/2013
How can we get "Planes" and not an Incredibles sequel. :(
How can we get "Planes" and not an Incredibles sequel. :(
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4:01PM on 05/16/2013
He just explained why. Toy Story 3, Monsters University, and even Cars 2 were all spawned from the passion of the Pixar leaders. Planes is a shameless cashcow for disney. Disney wanted Pixar to do Planes but Pixar had other projects they wanted to do so Disney gave Planes to DisneyToon Studio. This is also why they won't pushed forward on Incredibles 2 or even a Ratattoille 2. Sure Disney can bypass the honor of it and fast track a sequel in the style of Planes. But if Disney wants Pixar to do
He just explained why. Toy Story 3, Monsters University, and even Cars 2 were all spawned from the passion of the Pixar leaders. Planes is a shameless cashcow for disney. Disney wanted Pixar to do Planes but Pixar had other projects they wanted to do so Disney gave Planes to DisneyToon Studio. This is also why they won't pushed forward on Incredibles 2 or even a Ratattoille 2. Sure Disney can bypass the honor of it and fast track a sequel in the style of Planes. But if Disney wants Pixar to do it, and do it right, they need Brad Bird. And he doesn't work for Disney
1:33PM on 05/16/2013

Incredibles 2

cant come soon enough
cant come soon enough
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1:30PM on 05/16/2013

hmmm

Tidbit

Ask again after episode VII.
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Ask again after episode VII.
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1:27PM on 05/16/2013

As far as Pixar sequels go...

... the Incredibles 2 is a no-bainer to me. I can't believe that they made a sequel to the average (for Pixar standards) Cars and nothing yet for The Incredibles. But I guess it's just Brad Bird's baby and they would only do it if he decides to do it. Still, I wish he'd do it soon.
... the Incredibles 2 is a no-bainer to me. I can't believe that they made a sequel to the average (for Pixar standards) Cars and nothing yet for The Incredibles. But I guess it's just Brad Bird's baby and they would only do it if he decides to do it. Still, I wish he'd do it soon.
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1:11PM on 05/16/2013
The Incredibles 2... and Star Wars Episode IX! Booya! Case solved :D
The Incredibles 2... and Star Wars Episode IX! Booya! Case solved :D
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1:28PM on 05/16/2013
That be awesome!
That be awesome!
12:57PM on 05/16/2013
The thing is, people don't know what they want.

The original Incredibles was great because it hung on a unique premise. If we have a sequel based just on 'a family of crime fighters' it won't work and people will hate it. If anything I think Incredibles should be left alone and Pixar should get back to their original work (away from sequels).
The thing is, people don't know what they want.

The original Incredibles was great because it hung on a unique premise. If we have a sequel based just on 'a family of crime fighters' it won't work and people will hate it. If anything I think Incredibles should be left alone and Pixar should get back to their original work (away from sequels).
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6:23PM on 05/16/2013
Hit the nail on the head in the first sentence.
Hit the nail on the head in the first sentence.
12:48PM on 05/16/2013

Incredibles 2

As much as I like Brad Bird and would have enjoyed seeing his take on Star Wars, I think there are plenty of other directors with equally exciting visions for that franchise. For Incredibles 2 on the other hand, there can be only one and I think his time would be better spent there.
As much as I like Brad Bird and would have enjoyed seeing his take on Star Wars, I think there are plenty of other directors with equally exciting visions for that franchise. For Incredibles 2 on the other hand, there can be only one and I think his time would be better spent there.
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12:47PM on 05/16/2013
Just this past weekend my friend and I were talking about how there needs to be a sequel to The Incredibles already. Bring it on, Brad!
Just this past weekend my friend and I were talking about how there needs to be a sequel to The Incredibles already. Bring it on, Brad!
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12:44PM on 05/16/2013
Stroke that chin and scratch that head till it happens, Mr Bird!
Stroke that chin and scratch that head till it happens, Mr Bird!
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