For a while there, with the exception of the Toy Story films, it didn’t seem like Pixar was very interested in doing sequels to its big hits. The company focused instead on creating new characters and exploring new worlds every time out. But that focus has seen a shift recently with the studio putting together projects like Cars 2 and Monsters University. And if there ever was a Pixar property that felt like it could use a sequel, even back before Pixar was doing sequels, it was Brad Bird’s tale of a family of super heroes The Incredibles. So what gives? The super hero genre is inherently serial in nature. Why haven’t we heard any news about the further adventures of the mighty Parr family?
In a chat with the folks over at Movies.com, Bird explains, “To say that I’ve had trouble [coming up with a story] is to say that [a sequel] has been my pursuit. I haven’t really been pursuing that.” He went on to explain, “I think the reason it hasn’t [happened] yet is because the studio would like me to do it, if there were another Incredibles. And I’ve told them that I’m not really friendly to have someone else take away my child.” It’s definitely good news that Pixar won’t go after a sequel without Bird, they’ve long been a company that cares more than most others about the vision and artistry of their films, and I wouldn’t want to see this recent rash of sequel production ruin that, but why hasn’t Bird been pursuing this movie on his own? Isn’t he as fond of the Incredibles characters as the rest of us are?
“I would like to think that I have several good ideas that could be incorporated into a next Incredibles, but I don’t have a whole movie yet, and the last thing I want to do is do it just because it would open big, or something like that,” he explained. “Toy Story 2 was, to me, a perfect sequel, because it absolutely respected the first film but found new places to go without selling out its characters. So if I could come up with an idea that is to Incredibles that Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story, I would do it in a second.” On behalf of the rest of the fans of The Incredibles all over the world, I think I must insist that Mr. Bird sit down and work on fleshing out those “several good ideas” he has. If he doesn’t get us a new Incredibles movie in the works soon, chances are we’re going to have to sit through Larry the Cable Guy taking on the romantic comedy genre in Cars 3, and nobody wants that. Nobody.
Until he decides the time is right to give us more super hero goodness with another Incredibles adventure, I guess we’ll all have to settle for getting some Brad Bird directed action in his upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He doesn’t seem too concerned with the fact that he’s making a sequel there!