While fans have waited over ten years for The Incredibles sequel, that long wait is almost over. Brad Bird announced just last week that he was in the process of writing The Incredibles 2. Now that the “Cape is on the superhero,” so to speak, media folks are starting to ask more specific questions about the sequel.
While talking with UK magazine Little White Lies, Bird talked about how too many references to other movies can have a negative impact:
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 recognize it. So I don’t like that.
He goes on to discuss the superhero trend in Hollywood:
I think that movies ought to work in and of themselves. However… I would say that the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over — it’s kind of like a field that’s had too many games on it, and it’s just dried up dirt at this point.
Does that mean that nothing can grow? He actually explains how to make superhero movies work when addressing the use of special effects:
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.
Drop the mic Brad, you just summed it all up. Character trumps special effects every time. I’m looking at you M. Night.
Bird wraps it up talking about looking forward to rediscovering The Incredibles characters as he writes the sequels script.
It can be fun, and certainly I had a blast getting to do the action sequences in The Incredibles, but that’s the dessert. Every movie is kind of a risk, and you’re thrown into a new pool and you haven’t learned how to swim in it yet, so I’m going to bumble along and make the same mistakes that I usually do and hopefully spot them and correct them. I really love those characters and that aspect of getting to be with them again is exciting to me.
Do you think the sequel will pick right up were the last left off or will we get a five, ten, or longer year gap? Are the kids in college? Baby Jack a teenager? I can’t wait to see what Bird brings us in The Incredibles 2.
How about you?