While he’s still working on his latest movie Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Brad Bird recently took the time to sit down with THR and discuss a number of subjects. Two questions quickly became the chief topic of the interview: Why did he turn down the directors chair for Star Wars VII and would fans every see a sequel to the animated Pixar hit, The Incredibles?
Let’s start with the big one, any chance of an Incredibles sequel?
“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.”
There are so many good reasons to get the Incredibles sequel started, forget the obvious financial reasons, we all know the movie would make truckloads of cash. Everyone wants to see more super family, how did the world really react once the super family returned to the world spotlight? How did that affect the family, what about the other super heroes?
Make this movie . . .please.
Bird also discussed why he turned down Star Wars VII:
“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.”
What’s really interesting is his interest could bring the Disney folks back to ask Bird to Direct one of the stand alone movies or perhaps Star Wars VIII or IX.
What do you think?