Once word hit the other week that The Incredibles 2 was in the works, it was only a matter of time until we heard from Samuel L. Jackson. Everyone wants to know what Jackson knows about the possibility of Frozone returning for the sequel. While doing some press for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jackson let us know. (more…)
BREAKING. About 10 years after the release of The Incredibles, Disney CEO Robert A. Iger dropped some surprise news of the pleasant variety when he told shareholders and D23 Members at today’s Annual General Meeting that Pixar is developing a big screen sequel to the animated superhero film. (more…)
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.
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?
Until J.J. Abrams got the nod, one of the strongest candidates for the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode VII was Brad Bird. After helming The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Bird is firmly recognized as one of the foremost talents of the Hollywood trade, which makes an interesting question occur: Exactly how might Return of the Jedi had been different if Brad Bird directed it?
The question was answered by Patton Oswalt in a recent interview on Esquire. The comedian, who was featured as the lead voice in Ratatouille, was talking about his early career, and the conversation, as most conversations with Patton Oswalt do, turned to Star Wars. Oswalt was reference a conversation he had with Bird, and offered the following:
I was talking with [director] Brad Bird one time, and he said it’s like the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Luke shows up and he’s a badass. He said they should’ve opened it with Luke in the swamp saying to Yoda, “You said ‘Don’t go.’ I said ‘Fuck you, I’m gonna go help my friends.’ I went and got my hand cut off and my friends are in even worse trouble because of what I did. I fucked up everything.” And then Yoda should have gone, “Now you’re a Jedi. Now you’re beyond the fear of failure. Now you’re ready.” That would have made it even cooler.
Actually, that is kind of interesting, a kind of Kobayashi Maru for Jedi’s before they graduate. What do you think Bastards? Is that a scene you would have wanted to see?
Source: Cinema Blend
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The list of big name directors that might take over the directorial duties for Star Wars VII keeps getting smaller as Guillermo del Toro officially bows out of the running.
Guillermo recently talked with The Playlist, explaining the circumstances of how it almost happened.
“We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already….It was very flattering, It was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I’m busy enough.”
“I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it.”
It’s too bad that Bird also took himself out of the running back in November:
Maybe we won’t see Guillermo’s vision for Star Wars, but we can certainly see his latest Sci-Fi Bonanza Pacific Rim, which is looking fantastic, and opens in theaters everywhere July 12th.
Prometheus was one of this summer’s biggest disappointments for a lot of fans, and a lot of that blame, for better or worse, fell on screenwriter Damon Lindelof. But as development on the sequel gets underway, it seems that it will have to be done without Lindelof. Here’s what the writer had to say in brief…
“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.” I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.” He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
So I guess you won’t have Damon Lindelof to push around anymore… Not that I think that the faults of Prometheus are entirely his alone, but Lindelof is such a lightening rod for the fan community maybe it might help the sequel engender some trust if he’s not in the picture.
Here’s the full exchange from the Collider interview:
Collider: I know from people at Fox that they were really happy with the worldwide box office of Prometheus and that they are moving forward on a sequel. Are you involved at all?
Damon Lindelof: I am not. Ridley [Scott] and I talked at great length during the story process of the first movie about what subsequent movies would be if Prometheus were to be successful. And I think that the movie ended in a very specific way that hinted at, or strongly implied that there were going to be continuing adventures worthy of writing stories. What those stories would be would not necessarily usurp or transcend the Alien franchise as we saw it because we know that the Nostromo hasn’t come along yet. So the idea was to set up a universe that… Is it a prequel? Okay. If that’s what we want to call it, sure. But the sequel to this movie is not Alien. The sequel to this movie is this other thing.
So Ridley and I talked about what that other thing might be, and he was excited about doing it. But then I think what ended up happening was that the movie came out, and there was a reaction to the movie. And I got really wrapped up in Trek, and really wrapped up in this movie that I’m producing and writing with Brad Bird. And I have a TV project that I was really passionate about. Ridley and I had a meeting after Prometheus came out where we started talking again about where this journey would go. And in that meeting I said to him, unfortunately, before he could ask me and go through the discomfort of whether he was going to ask me or not… It’s sort of like having a date where you’re letting the other person know, “I’m in another relationship.” So I can’t tell you that he asked me and I said no. But I did communicate to him that I was working on these other things.
The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.” I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.” He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.
At least he’s self-aware about it. But despite the hate, Lindelof is staying busy, writing and producing Star Trek Into Darkness and Brad Bird’s super-secret 1952. He also did re-writes on Marc Forster’s World War Z.
While I was feeling fairly confidant about the rumor Matthew Vaughn left X-Men: Days of Future Past for Star Wars Episode VII, in light of today’s news he might instead be working on Mark Millar’s The Secret Service, I’m not so sure. Add to that this latest report from Celebuzz claiming Colin Trevorrow has already had preliminary meetings with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy and I think Vaughn is out.
So who is Colin Trevorrow? Besides being the most likely candidate to direct Episode VII, Trevorrow has only one feature film under his belt, the sci-fi indie Safety Not Guaranteed. I haven’t seen the film but Brendon Connelly of Bleeding Cool speaks well of it saying,
…it’s got a good number of light laughs and some lovely little bits of character business. It’s certainly a good picture and I think it will develop a fair cult following as the years roll on.
All right, so he has a promising indie sci-fi flick on his resume, that sounds good but definitely unexpected for the guy about to be given the reins to the biggest film franchise in motion picture history. Then again, as Bleeding Cool also points out, who were Irving Kershner and Richard Marquand before Empire and Jedi. And I don’t find it surprising at all Lucas would look to an indie director as that’s how he would likely identify himself.
And though Trevorrow may be at the top of Lucas’ list as potential Episode VII directors, another guy is at the top of everyone else’s: Brad Bird. Here’s a hilarious campaign commercial for Bird to get the directing gig from The Unlearning Channel,
Hey George, they’ve got some good points here, give Bird a consideration, maybe? Or should I be speaking to Ms. Kennedy as it’ll likely be her, the new head of Lucasfilm, who will make the call.
Remember when The Incredibles came out, and everyone thought it was awesome? Sadly, this awesomeness never translated into a sequel yet, and that’s despite the fact that superhero movies continue to be boffo business at box office.
But in a twist of fate, that’s precisely the reason why there’s yet to be an Incredibles 2, according to director Brad Bird. “What the world needs now is another superhero sequel!” Bird joked to MTV News while promoting his first live-action film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
But it’s not a lack of ideas that’s keeping the filmmaker from diving into an Incredibles sequel, says Bird.
“I haven’t got it all figured out yet. I’ve got a lot of ideas that I originally intended to be in the first movie, and you have to start throwing things out of the balloon at a certain point to get it up in the air. But a lot of the things you throw out are really cool. … I love those characters and if I could make [a sequel] that was to Incredibles what the Toy Story sequels were to Toy Story I’d do it.”
Clearly, as fans, we need to make our desire known. We’d rather see an Incredibles sequel than The Avengers any day!!!
Uh, wait. What?