The Incredibles

Brad Bird has finally turned his attention from tomorrow to the incredible. The director is finishing up Tomorrowland, the film he chose to do over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has started to look towards his next project. Thankfully for him, his next project was kind of revealed over a year ago. That’s when Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors Pixar was beginning work on The Incredibles 2 and, now that Bird is free again, it seems he’s begun work on it.

Bird was speaking to NPR (via The Playlist) when he was asked about The Incredibles 2. He said it was “”percolating,” then saying:

I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens.

That seems like a big leap from the done deal Bob Iger made it sound like back in 2014. Knowing the Pixar writing process though, if Bird is “just starting” to write it it means one of two things. Either it means Bird helped create a rough idea of the film a while ago and since then team has been working that – designing, hammering out a story –  all with minimal input from Bird. And he’s just coming on board now. Or, it means there’s a totally blank slate and Bird is starting the process right now.

Knowing Pixar, I tend to think that first scenario is the case. Odds are when Iger made the announcement, Bird and the team had already quietly been working on the project as to warrant the official news. Bird then continued to finish Tomorrowland while others slowly moved forward and now that that’s over, he’s moving over to The Incredibles 2 full time. Still, even in that best case scenario, we won’t see The Incredibles 2 until 2018 at the earliest. But I’d say it’s probably going to be later.

Also still up in the air is whether or not Bird directs this film. He’s done two live action films in a row and if he chose to direct again, odds are he’d be tied up for the rest of the decade. Do you think he’ll play the producer and writer role then let someone else finish the job?

The first Incredibles followed a family of superheroes who have to bond together to beat a new villain. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Film and is considered by fans to be one of Pixar’s best. A sequel has been on wish lists for a long time.

Are you excited to hear Brad Bird is working on The Incredibles 2?

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