Of all the possible sequels Disney and Pixar have lined up or are busy at work on, The Incredibles 2 is the one movie that practically demanded a sequel. You can keep your Finding Dory and Cars 3 - the story that was begging to be told is what happens to the Parr family once they embraced their powers and reunited as a superhuman family.
Last month, Disney and Pixar finally confirmed that they would be starting work on an Incredibles 2 movie though the date or window for the movie's release is not yet known. Then, just about a week ago, Brad Bird made things even more official by revealing in an NPR interview that he has begun the process of writing the sequel.
The Incredibles 2: The Pixar Sequel We Deserve!
I expect that we'll be hearing more about what Brad Bird has planned for the Parr family in The Incredibles 2 as his movie Tomorrowland is getting ready to premier and he'll be in the position of fielding question after question about Incredibles 2 while stuck in the endless press junket for the new George Clooney movie. Sure, there probably isn't too many details to divulge with the writing process only just getting underway but I'm sure a story idea has been agreed upon between him and Pixar. It will only depend on how tight lipped he can remain amidst the unrelenting barrage of questions.
The first interviews are starting to trickle out and the fantastic movie magazine Little White Lies has released a couple of comments from Brad Bird ahead of the May issue's release. He doesn't get into any specific Incredibles 2 plot points but he does touch on the tone and intentions of the movie. As could be expected, Incredibles 2 will be released in a completely different environment when it comes to the world of superhero movies and how far and increasingly popular they've become since the first movie was released in 2004.
The Changing Superhero World of Incredibles 2
It could be as much as 15 years having passed between the Incredibles movies and Brad Bird is well aware of how superhero movies have become the dominant force at the box office but that doesn't mean The Incredibles 2 will be offering up commentary on the state of the current state of affairs.
"Well, I worry if you comment too much on other movies then you might just be coasting off their good will. There was a very lazy trend in comedy where somebody would start singing the theme song from The Flintstones and you're supposed to dig on it just because you recognise it. So I don't like that. I think that movies ought to work in and of themselves."
You wouldn't expect the The Incredibles 2 to simply be telling just another superhero movie adventure story and Brad Bird knows that the explosion of these movies over the past ten years has made it more to make a lasting impression saying that, "the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over."
As it was before, you can expect that The Incredibles 2 will be focused on the Parr family and their dynamics and importance of keeping the family unit functioning and strong. While you can also expect the typically amazing Brad Bird designed action scenes that he has proven to be a master of with the first Incredibles movie and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - they will be amazing and memorable due to the care he puts into the characters.
"I think that the greatest special effect is caring about a character. A lot of movies seem to forget that, and they bring out a lot of fireballs and then wonder why the fireballs don't have that much impact, no matter how loud and how big they are. But the truth is that the fireball isn't that exciting unless you care about the person running from it."
Unlike a live-action sequel, The Incredibles 2 really can pick up things pretty much wherever it wants to. If it wants to open up right where it left off, with the Parr family and Mr. Frozone battling The Underminer, it certainly can. Or the movie could be plotting the same kind of advancement that the Toy Story movies have succeeded with by advancing in time along with the audience and we could see a teenaged Jack Jack and Violet and Dash dealing with adulthood. The story really is wide open.
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland comes out May 22nd, so I'm sure this won't be the last update or hint about The Incredibles 2 that we will hear before then. In the meantime, take a look at the cool Japanese trailer for Tomorrowland and let your fan fiction story ideas for [The Incredibles 2](movie:673500) be known down in the comments section below!