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Brad Bird on 'Incredibles' Sequel: 'I Would Probably Wanna Do That' (Q&A)

The helmer, who tells THR he has thought of "many, many elements that I think would work really well," also reveals why he turned down "Star Wars: Episode VII."

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While talking with The Hollywood Reporter about Tomorrowland — the ultra-secretive Disney movie that Damon Lindelof is writing and producing and George Clooney and Hugh Laurie are starring in — director Brad Bird let slip a few tantalizing nuggets about why he didn’t enlist for Star Wars: Episode VII duty and whether we’ll ever see an Incredibles 2.

The Hollywood Reporter: What are the chances we’ll ever see an Incredibles 2?

Brad Bird: I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that. I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I’m comfortable with the end result but also speed them up a bit and make more of them. I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.

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THR: Your name was bandied about very early on for Star Wars: Episode VII – was that ever a real thing, or just fervent internet dream?

Bird: I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.

Well, there's always Episode VIII.