Back in April, the Inquisitr revealed a list of six surprising movie sequels that were in production. Among the follow-ups was the announcement of a brand new movie in The Incredibles franchise, meaning an all-new animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird. Now the creator of The Incredibles has provided more details on the upcoming sequel, including the challenges The Incredibles 2 will face in the arena of abundant superhero flicks.
Brad Bird spoke with Colliderabout The Incredibles 2, revealing that he started writing the screenplay earlier this year and is now almost finished with the basic story.
“I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it.”
While it may be a while before The Incredibles 2 starts getting animated, Brad Bird explained that the movie will receive plenty of tender, loving care because he prefers to work with an intimate group of filmmakers, including some of the same people who who worked on The Incredibles.
“Release dates are a little fluid when you’re making films so far in advance,” Brad Bird said, regarding the release of The Incredibles 2. “Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out.”
The Incredibles was met with a great deal of critical and financial success, which means The Incredibles 2 has high expectations. After all, fans have been asking for The Incredibles 2 to come out for over a decade. But in addition to the pressure from fans, Brad Bird also has to overcome the competition of other superhero films.
Movies based on comic book characters have spiked in popularity in the past few years, and the quality of scripts and production value has increased along with it. As Entertainment Weekly pointed out, most of the superhero films released in the same year as The Incredibles were commercial failures, namely Catwoman, The Punisher, and Hellboy. But with the release of box office smash hits like The Avengers, The Incredibles 2 will likely have many more formidable opponents in the market of superhero films than The Incredibles did.
“But what’s changed is there were only two other superhero franchises at the time Incredibles came out. One of them was X-Men and the other was Spider-Man, and now there are 400 billion of them and there’s a new superhero movie every two weeks. What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So we’re trying to keep it focused in the area that our film was, which was a little bit more about characters and relationships and stuff like that, and see where that takes us. But we’re having a good time.”
Are you excited for The Incredibles 2? Do you think Brad Bird should have let The Incredibles stand alone?
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