Fans of The Incredibles have been awaiting a sequel for more than a decade and finally, their dreams look set to be realised.
Brad Bird, writer and director of the original 2004 movie, has confirmed he has begun work on a new script about the team of kickass superheroes disguised as an ordinary family.
Disney first announced that a follow-up was in the pipeline early last year but there has been no update on progress until now.
“I’m just starting to write it, so we’ll see what happens,” Bird told NPR, adding that the screenplay is “percolating” but he is concerned about piracy.
“It’s very difficult nowadays because everyone has a device with which they can ruin your movie,” he said. “They print things on paper so that nobody can copy them, but they also make them impossible to read when you’re on the set.”
Best films to watch in 2015
Best films to watch in 2015
1/9 Suffragette - 11 September
Meryl Streep is bound to make a formidable Emmeline Pankhurst in Sarah Gavron's new film about the British women's suffragette movement of the early 20th century. Streep is again working from a screenplay by Abi Morgan who also wrote The Iron Lady.
2/9 Far From The Madding Crowd - 1 May
Thomas Vinterberg turns his hand to Thomas Hardy and British costume drama. Memories of the John Schlesinger version with Alan Bates and Julie Christie will be hard to exorcise. Carey Mulligan and the mercurial Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts star as Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak.
3/9 Jurassic World - 12 June
The third Jurassic Park sequel is finally here starring Chris Pratt. The storyline goes something like this - theme park gets dinosaur to attrack visitors and it all goes horribly wrong. Should prove a fun one among cinema-goers.
4/9 Terminator: Genisys - 3 July
Arnold Schwarzenegger kept his promise - he's back and he's trying to stop Judgement Day.
5/9 Spectre - 6 November
Bond is back for the 24th time. So is arch-villain Blofeld. Director Sam Mendes did a sterling job with Skyfall but the last movie ended on a very downbeat note with poor old Judi Dench signing out of the series. The challenge now is to reinvigorate a franchise that is already well into its 50s.
6/9 Cake - 20 February
It's Rachel from Friends as you've never seen her before as Jennifer Aniston plays Claire Bennett - a woman who initiates a relationship with a widower while battling hallucinations of his dead wife.
7/9 Suite Francaise - 13 March
It will be intriguing to see how Saul Dibb’s long-awaited adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel deals with a problem that has often confounded British film-makers: how to portray French characters played by English-speaking actors in Nazi-occupied, wartime Paris without slipping into ’Allo ’Allo!-style caricature. Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas lead Dibb’s promising cast.
8/9 In The Heart Of The Sea - 13 March
Chris Hemsworth plays tough seafarer Owen Chase in this dramatic Moby Dick movie.
9/9 Cinderella - 27 March
Kenneth Branagh's live action remake of Disney's classic tale stars Downton Abbey's Lily James. Helena Bonham-Carter and Cate Blanchett also star as the Fairy Godmother and evil stepmother.
The Incredibles was a box office triumph, grossing more than £410 million worldwide and winning Best Animated Feature at the Oscars in 2005.
Samuel L Jackson, John Ratzenberger, Holly Hunter and Craig T Nelson joined Bird in the first film’s voice cast, but it remains to be seen who will sign on for the sequel.
Jackson has hinted that his epic ice-skilled character Frozone will probably be returning.“Every time I run into Brad he always tells me Frozone is part of what’s going on, so I have to believe that,” he told Digital Spy in March last year.
“I guess they could be The Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what’s already there. I’m just looking forward to seeing what Jack-Jack turned into.”
Elsewhere, Bird has been busy directed Tomorrowland for Disney, due out on 22 May.Reuse content