Fans have been waiting for the sequel to “The Incredibles” ever since the animation movie hit cinemas 12 years ago in 2004. Thankfully, production for “The Incredibles 2” is finally underway. But don’t expect the next Incredibles film to follow the original.
The follow-up superhero sequel is going to be quite different, at least according to writer/director Brad Bird. Although “The Incredibles 2” won’t be hitting the big screen anytime soon, and plot details are still being kept secret, Bird did tease that he has plans to take these characters in a new direction.
“It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it. [We’re] trying to take it in some new directions,” Bird told Entertanment Weekly. What made the original movie so compelling was its delightful cast of grounded characters – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, Jack Jack, Frozone, Syndrome, and, of course, Edna Mode.
Even though the sequel will centre on everyone’s favourite super family, the director highlighted the importance of mixing things up while still retaining the same familiarity. “Hopefully, it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself,” he added.
“The Incredibles” ended with Bob Parr and his family embracing their status as superheroes of the world, so perhaps the sequel could look into the fallout of having to deal with their celebrity standing.
In speaking with IGN, Bird previously revealed that he intends to focus on the characters themselves rather than their unique abilities. “Powers themselves are not that interesting, it’s the people that are interesting and how they react to having those powers,” he said.
When, though, will we get to see “The Incredibles 2” in cinemas?
The sequel is currently scheduled to hit theatres on 21st June 2019.