Bird gives an update on the long-awaited sequel to his 2004 animated smash
Brad Bird, writer-director of The Incredibles, has revealed that he is “three-quarters through” the sequel’s script.
Released in 2004, The Incredibles was a computer-animated comedy about a family of superheroes posing as ordinary suburbanites. Bird’s movie was a smash at the box office, grossing over $630 million (£410 million) worldwide, and went on to win the Best Animated Feature prize at the 2005 Oscars.
Disney announced last year that a sequel is in the works and Bird confirmed in April that he had started work on its script. Now the film-maker has given an update on the sequel, telling Collider: “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.”
Although Bird didn’t specify a release date for the sequel and gave little away about its premise, he admitted that his script has been shaped by the fact that there are many more superhero movies being made now than in 2004. “What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is,” he explained. “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.”
The voice cast for the original The Incredibles film included Bird, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and John Ratzenberger. The sequel’s voice cast has yet to be confirmed but Jackson has said that his character, Frozone, a superhero with the ability to form ice from himself and from humidity in the air, is likely to feature in the second film.