Disney CEO Robert Iger made the announcement yesterday: The Incredibles 2 is happening, and Brad Bird is writing it.
Ten years on, The Incredibles hasn’t aged a day. It’s my favorite pick out of the Pixar library. It is easily their best candidate for a sequel. And while my inner 11-year-old would love to see it, my inner 33-year-old feels a little disappointed. I wanted The Incredibles to stand alone.
It’s not that I’m tired of sequels (though, when it comes to Pixar, I am). It’s not that I think Brad Bird isn’t up to the task. In my mind, there’s a very fine line between a film that begs for a sequel and one that could, but shouldn’t. If that even makes any sense.
Let me put it this way: If John Hughes were still alive, I wouldn’t want him to make Ferris Bueller’s Next Day Off. I kind of wish Ghostbusters 2 didn’t exist, and I’d be all right in a world that stopped with one Back to the Future film (as was originally planned).
Some movies don’t necessarily need a sequel. It’s not that they’re not good enough, or that another adventure in that world wouldn’t be worth the trip. There’s some … I don’t know, a vague sense of integrity that gets lost. I know a sequel won’t sully the original one iota. Nothing I love about it would change. It’s just —
You know how Toy Story 2 capped the story so well we thought Toy Story 3 was unnecessary? That’s what an Incredibles sequel feels like to me. And just like Toy Story 3 defied every expectation, I fervently hope The Incredibles 2 will do the same.
There’s no reason not to get excited. Bird will be back—that’s a solid plus, and I’m all for letting Bird do what he wants. I loved Ratatouille. His take on Mission: Impossible injected some much-needed fun into a franchise that needed it. I have no doubt Tomorrowland will be great. Thing is, before Tomorrowland ever got the green light, Bird was well into pre-production on 1906, a film about the San Francisco earthquake of that year.
Details on 1906 remain thin. The film was a victim of the 2008 economic crisis, which made studios a lot less interested in spending $200 million on less than a sure thing. Early word was that Bird’s script was terrific. As great as an Incredibles sequel could be, I wanted to see 1906 more.
I have every confidence in Bird. He’s a proven talent. He’s stated before that he wouldn’t go back to The Incredibles unless he had a story to tell that was just as good, if not better than, the original. I believe him. And when it hits theaters, I’ll probably go and see it. My inner 11-year-old will be thrilled.
My inner 33-year-old will just have to wait and see.