There’s a lot of early talk about sequels going around this week, as the directors of current movies promote their new releases. After the break, we’ve got quotes on the following:

  • Mark Neveldine says Crank 3 will happen,
  • Rupert Wyatt talks about a Planet of the Apes sequel,
  • Brad Bird has a couple more comments about The Incredibles 2,
  • Guy Ritchie talks up a possible RocknRolla sequel,
  • And Robert Downey Jr. and producer Joel Silver address a possible Sherlock Holmes 3.

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The Incredibles is a great movie. It might be the best superhero movie, and it is certainly one of the best Pixar efforts. With Pixar making sequels more often now than in the past, naturally questions arise about a follow-up to Brad Bird‘s story of a super-powered family. But we’ve never heard anything that suggests a sequel is likely to happen.

Brad Bird is starting to promote Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, his first live-action movie. While talking about that movie last week, he was asked about a possible Incredibles sequel, and his answer was simple. Pretty much the answer I think anyone would hope he’d give: he’s open to doing one, but only if the story is great. Read More »

Mr. Incredible

As people continue to pester The Incredibles director Brad Bird about a possible sequel, the answers remain, for the most part, the same. Here is what Brad told AP while promoting his new film Ratatouille:

I love the world. I love the characters, and if I could come with a story that was as good or better than the original, I’d go there in a second. I have pieces of things that I would love to see in a sequel, but I haven’t got them all together yet, and I certainly wouldn’t want to come out there with something that is less than the original. … Sequels are not part of the business plan at Pixar. It’s all about the filmmakers being passionate about going somewhere.

I understand and respect Pixar’s view on sequels. Most companies now-a-days would jump at the possibility to make any kind of sequel or prequel off a popular property. And most of the time, the resulting film is bad, very bad. But I think that’s because most of the ideas don’t warrant revisiting.  But The Incredibles is different. There are so many great places you could take the characters. There are so many more great stories that could be told. Brad, the fans want more…

WonderCon: Pixar’s Ratatoullie Panel

Brad Bird“We were thinking about retitling it Ratatouille 1. And letting you guys know it’s the prequel to the sequel.”

Brad Bird began his presentation with slides showing the character development drawings and sculpts for Remy, the main rat character from Ratatoille. He also showed the early sculpts for Emile, his brother, the friendly gregarious rat that will eat anything  (voiced for Pete Soane). DJango (Brian Denahey) plays the father. Linguini, the hapless chef voiced by pixar artist Lou Ramono (who served as an art director on The Incredibles). He also voiced the uptight teacher in that film. He’s a guy who has trouble holding on to jobs. He’s a garbage boy who is thrust into the job of being a brilliant chef, “but really he isn’t.” The character is voiced by Peter O’Toole. His boss, Skinner is voiced by Ian Holms.

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