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Seven years after its release, The Incredibles remains one of Pixar's most well-received movies, as well as the one that the public wants a sequel for. The film's director, Brad Bird, has kept pretty quiet about making a follow-up to the movie, but with the upcoming release of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in December, Bird's being asked that question.
"To say that I’ve had trouble [coming up with a story] is to say that [a sequel] has been my pursuit," Bird told Movies.com. "I haven’t really been pursuing that."
That doesn't mean that he's not interested in making another adventure with the superpowered Parr family. "I think the reason it hasn't [happened] yet is because the studio would like me to do it, if there were another Incredibles," Bird answered. "And I’ve told them that I’m not really friendly to have someone else take away my child."
Bird has some ideas on where an Incredibles 2 would head, but he hasn't really fleshed them out to the extent that he feels they're ready to get serious about things. "I would like to think that I have several good ideas that could be incorporated into a next Incredibles, but I don’t have a whole movie yet, and the last thing I want to do is do it just because it would open big, or something like that."
So when could we reasonably expect to see The Incredibles 2? A couple of years down the road? Five? Longer? "I want to do it because I have something that will be as good or better than the original," he said. "Toy Story 2 was, to me, a perfect sequel, because it absolutely respected the first film but found new places to go without selling out its characters. So if I could come up with an idea that is to Incredibles that Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story, I would do it in a second."
Before you get all sad that Brad isn't announcing Incredibles 2, let's also appreciate that Pixar isn't handing it off to a stranger to develop and make. Loyalty seems to be a strong force within those walls, and it's a trait to be admired in showbiz.
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