There was no doubt that Incredibles 2 was going to be a powerhouse during its opening weekend. During its premiere, Incredibles 2 took in $183.2 million at the domestic box office, crushing the $135 million record set by Finding Dory. With those numbers backing it - and with the praise it has received - there’s no doubt that fans and critics are curious about the possibility of a third installment in the Incredibles series.
Director Brad Bird sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the production process of Incredibles 2 and was sure to weigh in on the possibility of a trilogy. Before getting to the answer everyone wanted, Bird first talked about the 14-year gap between Incredibles and its highly anticipated sequel.
He attributes the long delay to the box office pile-up of superhero movies and sequels and his desire to have a perfectly fleshed out story. It may be an animated film, but Pixar - and Bird specifically - has never shied away from telling a complete, compelling, and emotional story.
According to his time with Entertainment Weekly, Bird knew he always wanted to do a sequel and it was just a matter of finding the right story. For inspiration, he turned to the ideas for the original Incredibles that were left on the cutting room floor, such as Jack-Jack’s storyline. The tiny superhero didn’t make it into Incredibles, but Bird was sure to resurrect it for the follow-up.
That, essentially, is where the potential for a third entry comes in, with the ideas for the sequel that were cut due to a truncated production schedule. Bird mentions how The Iron Giant included elements originally cut from the animated version of The Spirit. “You never know how these [ideas] are going to get repurposed. There were a lot of ideas that we had on this film that could be [used]... whether it’s another Incredibles film, or something else.”
For now, Bird’s concepts for a third entry are in limbo, as is his potential to make Incredibles 3, but Samuel L. Jackson, who voices Frozone and helped push Bird into making a sequel, already has a concept in mind: a prequel showing the origins of Frozone and Mr. Incredible.
While we’re left waiting for an announcement for Incredibles 3, producer John Walker has some words of encouragement: “I wouldn’t ever rule it out.”
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