It’s been 12 years since we first met the incredible characters of The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, Jack Jack, Frozone, Syndrome, and, of course, Edna Mode. More than a decade later, Pixar and original writer-director Brad Bird are revisiting everyone’s favorite super family, with the upcoming Incredibles 2 scheduled for release in 2019.
In typical Pixar fashion, the studio is keeping details tightly under wraps, so we don’t know much beyond the release date and the fact that yes, it is happening. But when EW recently spoke to Bird about the Blu-ray release of his first movie, The Iron Giant, we couldn’t resist asking him about the status of The Incredibles 2, too. (After all, in addition to writing and directing the original film, he also voiced the cape-eschewing Edna.)
Bird isn’t ready to reveal any plot or character details yet — “I don’t like unwrapping presents before Christmas,” he says, laughing — but he did confirm that work on the sequel is well underway.
“It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it,” he said. “[We’re] trying to take it in some new directions.”
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With The Incredibles 2 scheduled to hit theaters on June 21, 2019, it’ll open in a very different cinematic landscape than the original did. Back in 2004, the only major superhero franchises were the X-Men series and the Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan didn’t kick off his Batman trilogy until 2005 with Batman Begins, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t really launch until 2008 with Iron Man.
Superheroes have a very different role in pop culture than they did back in 2004, and in 2019, The Incredibles 2 will face off against Captain Marvel, Shazam, the untitled Justice League sequel, and the fourth Avengers movie. Still, Bird promises that the Incredibles sequel will feel familiar to fans of the original, as well as bringing something new to the table.
“Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction,” Bird added. “I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself.”