Brad Bird Passed on Star Wars Sequel, But is Still Thinking About Incredibles 2
Star Wars trilogy would be produced, fans immediately began guessing who would be the the daring person to step behind the camera and direct the latest films in one of the most popular franchises in film history. No pressure at all. After numerous rumors and speculations, it was announced that Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams would be helming the film(s). One name that continuously came up in discussions is Incredibes director Brad. After his awesome showing behind the camera for the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series, fans have been clamoring for Bird to take on another high profile project. While talking to THR, Bird actually says he was approached to take on the new Star Wars film, but due to his schedule, he had to decline.
I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And 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.
I have no doubts that the latest Star Wars is in good hands with Abrams, but I certainly would have been interested in seeing Bird’s take on the franchise, maybe see a bit more of a story-driven film. There is one film that fans of Brad Bird would love to see him tackle and that’s a sequel to Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles. The animation giant have continuously pumped out new franchises and several sequels that no one really asked for, with the exception being the super-powered family. But, Bird says that he is still thinking of ways to make a sequel work and hasn’t given up just yet.
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.
Sounds like there is still a but of hope for that sequel! I don’t know about you, but that’s the one film that Disney & Pixar need to get moving on, so hopefully Bird can find a way to make it happen.
Would you rather see Brad Bird over JJ Abrams take on the Star Trek sequels? How about that Incredibles sequel? I think I’ll pass on more Cars and Planes in favor of some super powers.
Source : The Hollywood Reporter