Brad Bird Talks THE INCREDIBLES Sequel And Turning Down Disney’s STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, acclaimed director Brad Bird offered an update on a possible sequel to Pixar’s 2004 superhero film The Incredibles. He says that he has ideas for a potential follow-up, and is trying to build a proper story consisting of said ideas. “I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I’m comfortable with the end result but also speed them up a bit and make more of them. I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.” 

Last year, Bird was at the top of many people’s wishlists to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm, but eventually came out and said that he wasn’t planning on taking the job. As we know, J.J. Abrams was hired to helm the project. Here, Bird confirms that he was indeed offered to direct the film by Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas, but the schedule would’ve conflicted with Disney’s other upcoming sci-fi film Tomorrowland“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.” Tomorrowland is set to hit theaters December 19th, 2014.

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