'The Incredibles 2' release update: Sequel's narrative going in a 'new direction,' director Brad Bird teases

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“The Incredibles 2” has been long overdue and with 12 years for Pixar to hone a good sequel, fans are eager to know if their agony will end soon. Fortunately, the flick’s original writer-director Brad Bird bears some good news with regard to the development process that the movie is in right now.

Exclusively talking to Entertainment Weekly while promoting the Blu-ray release of his first film, “The Iron Giant,” Bird spilled that the production is currently rolling perfectly. “It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it.” But just like any filmmaker who knows that the element of surprise is pivotal especially with a beloved property like “The Incredibles,” Bird did not go into specifics explaining that they are more concerned with making the follow-up as good as, if not better than, its predecessor.

“I don’t like unwrapping presents before Christmas,” he laughingly added.

A decade’s worth of waiting has definitely changed the landscape in terms of the genre that “The Incredibles” treads on. Back in 2004, the movie industry had not yet tapped the superhero lore that is now dominating cinemas. This is the reason why Bird and his team are actually trying to take the story “in some new directions” but while still retaining the core theme of the project.

Last year, Bird shared that the overall narrative of “The Incredibles 2” was near completion with a lot of the original crew that worked on the debut iteration helping him out.

“I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it,” he told Collider.

This timeline checks out with where the animated film is said to be in right now, at least according to Bird. But while it may be near completion, it does not necessarily mean that it will soon be released to theaters. In fact, Bird has slipped that they are making the film in advance. “Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out,” he furthered.