‘Brave’ Co-Director On Chances for a Sequel & His Next Solo Film

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Right now, it’s good to be Mark Andrews. After Brenda Chapman parted ways with Pixar in the middle of production on Brave, the studio’s 2012 release, Andrews stepped in to see the film through to completion; he was rewarded for his efforts this past February, pulling out a surprise victory at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. While he duo shared the honor together, courtesy of a co-nomination, it’s Andrews who’s making the first post-Oscars move, announcing that he’s begun work on his next picture.

Andrews, who appears to have developed an affinity for Scotland while directing Brave, recently traveled to Glasgow as part of a mentoring project for Scottish students. Edinburgh-based publication Scotsman caught up with him to chat about his family ties to the Highlands, as well as the possibility of a Brave sequel.

Andrews made sure to offer no guarantees on the latter matter, but was willing to discuss his immediate future in brief. Here’s the direct quote from Andrews himself:

I don’t know if there will be another one. We never make a film at Pixar to have a sequel.It is always nice when you do and we kind of have a philosophy that if we find the right story then we will. Surely the marketing and success of Brave says that you can have one and they will come. Make it and they will come. I am currently working on another film, which is original and is being written and directed by me, but that’s all I can say about that.

Brave tops the box office Brave Co Director On Chances for a Sequel & His Next Solo Film

Watching Brave, it’s tricky to pick out which elements belong to Andrews and which were introduced by Chapman herself. In an interview with Screen Rant last year, Andrews emphasized his intention to maintain Chapman’s original vision, only claiming the addition of atmospheric details as his personal contributions. So by default, there’s not much of a gauge by which to determine what a Mark Andrews film might look like, even taking his direction credit on Pixar short One Man Band into account; that he offers no info whatsoever on what his movie will be about makes that task even more of a challenge.

But that’s not to say the news isn’t interesting on its own merit. Brave, for its faults, is a perfectly worthy Pixar film (have a look at our review), and if Andrews has found inspiration in its setting, it seems feasible we could see him return to Scotland with his solo directorial debut (though that’s only speculation, given that he’s keeping mum on details).

Will that path eventually take him back to the world of Merida, Queen Elinor, King Fergus, and bear transmogrification? Pixar has been ramping up its sequelizations recently – look ahead to June and the imminent release of Monsters University – and that, coupled with Brave‘s reasonable commercial success, could mean a second installment in the not-too-distant future. But this is, again, all theoretical. (After all, they do have their slate hammered down leading into 2014.)

How does the idea of Andrews striking out on his own sound to you, Screen Ranters?


Source: Scotsman via /Film

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  1. You know, I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago on TV and honestly, while some parts were funny, overall it didn’t impress me at all and I really can’t see how they could make a sequel from it.

  2. Pixar, please, please get back to making smart, funny and emotionally tugging movies like Up, Toy Story, and Wall-E rather than circa 2004 Disney crap. Seriously, I think Chicken Little and Brother Bear is better than Cars 2 and Brave. It’s craaaap (in my best Scottish accent)!

  3. Blah blah blah, all of this crap, Brave was a great movie. I’m not comparing it to Up, Toy Story, or Incredibles. I’m just judging the movie on its own. And Wall-E was garbage, sorry, I can only take two robots going “wall… eee… eeevvveee…” for an entire movie…

    • That’s what I did, judged it as its own movie with zero expectations. Still didn’t think it was very good.

      • one thing in that movie that I’ve found weird is how the mother was more expressive and acted more feminine as a bear than she ever was as a human being…

    • Wall-E is overrated, I agree.

  4. I didn’t really like Brave at all…:-(

    If they are going the sequels route the then start on Incredibles 2.

    • Couldn’t agree more with Incredibles… now THAT’s a movie deserving a sequel!

      • Yeah! I totally agree! We kind of had a cliffhangar on the first Incredibles, where that Under-something (Can’t remember, been awhile since I’ve seen the movie) rose up from the ground, Mr.Incredible opened his regular shirt, and then it zoomed to the I on his Super Shirt. But there IS going to be a sequel to Finding Nemo, called Finding Dory! Now, I loved Wall-E, I could even do his voice, but that isn’t really a good storyline with the characters to have a sequel… Wall-E and EVE can’t nesisarrily have kids! But what I’d like to see after MU and FD, is a SEQUEL to MI, and not a prequel, now, I’m super excited about MU, but I’d like to see what happens AFTER MI. But Brave was a really good movie, just don’t see what can happento make a good sequel.

  5. I kinda suspected this when I finished watching the movie, cause just look at it… the ending was meant to trigger a sequel.
    Unfortunately, I’m not looking forward to it… I personally think the other Oscar nominees were much better than Brave. Idk, Brave kinda lost its emotional value for Idk why… usually I could finished watching with a very touchy and tearful feeling, that Pixar charm did NOT came in Brave. Instead, WreckItRalph, Paranorman and even Frankenweenie hit that spot perfectly. It’s a good movie, but I’m honestly surprised that it won an Oscar considering its rival titles.

  6. Brave was garbage. It’s a movie about a girl who’s mother turns into a bear. BOOOOOOOORING

    • I think it showing how far you can be from someone, to learn mistakes that we/they have made and trying to fix what we/they had; I mean come on everyone makes mistakes. In the movie you learn how close they were then how she hated her choosing what she wanted to choose. So she wanted to change what her mom was thinking, but it made a turn for the worst.

  7. He said that a “Brave” sequel is possible, but a sequel to any movie is just about possible nowadays. He doesn’t have any plans for it but maybe someday. who knows. Also, Brave was fantastic. I do have to admit that i enjoyed “Wreck-It Ralph” better, but dont deny that Brave wasn’t better than “Hotel Transylvania”, “Ice Age 4″, “Madagascar 3″, or “Frankenweenie”.

    There are a ton of junkie animated movies and Pixar always rises to the top of the crowd. Even being the runt of the Pxar films doesnt make it a bad movie. I thoroughly enjoyed “Cars 2″

    Also, people complaining that Pixar is making sequels while ignoring “Incredibles 2″. Well guess what, Pixar will not make “Incredibles 2″ with out Brad Bird, and he’s busy with “1952” and other projects. I would love to see a sequel to Incredibles, but i’m not mad at Pixar like i hear some people are about it.

    I’m just curious as to what studio is Mark Andrew going to produce his next film for. He tip-toed around saying Pixar so i’m thinking he’s gonna shop around.

  8. I really Wish Brenda Chapman had remained the director because it felt a little like it switched gears somewhere in the middle. Also completely unrelated but based on interviews Mark Andrews seems like a tool.

  9. In my opinion, Brave shouldn’t have won an Academy Award for anything other than the technical merits of animating Merida’s hair. I do not think that it as a whole was very good at all. Not just not up to Pixar’s standard, but mediocre at best in general.

    The only Pixar sequel that I want is The Incredibles 2.

  10. i don’t think they should make a sequel as great as the movie is. i think if they made a sequel they might focus on giving merida a love interest which is really not needed for her. She is able to hold a movie on her own. i feel instead they should just make short films about the movie like they did with toy story and cars. Brave 2 should not even be thought of.

  11. I like the idea. Making a sequel is a good thing(for me). And I like so much trilogy’s. so I like Dan J idea( Brave, Braver, Bravest are good titles ). I think the sequel shood have a person like Robin Hood from a enemy kingdom that get in love with Merida and makes Merida have problems with her parents and the boy ( who later is discovered to be the prince of the enemy kingdom ) and I think that a time warp fit very well in this story making the three little brothers help her…(this are the ideas for the braver). The Third should have another time warp being the adventure of Merida and her daughter ( Fehler Idea ) turning Merida’s father and mother just supporting characters.

  12. Eventhough I personally love Brave it has it’s flaws, the pacing of the movie to fast to feel anything, gotta watch it like 3 or more time to get it,and Merida is selfish too (but that’s what I personally love about her flaws) if they make a sequel, it should or could be about her finding her soul mate, and just to clarify, yes Merida is strong but only physically,(she doesn’t even stand a chance with the other clans in the movie) which what most people missed nowadays, bronze is more important than the heart to people these days, Love doesn’t make you weak, it in facts make you stronger, Brave sequel doesn’t need to be funny like other Pixar movie, it can be tragic, feeling empty like Batman Returns ending, kids can handle darkness in movies, they are not that innocent nowadays, I would love to terrify kids if I make the sequel xD

  13. Brave is the best animated film with a princess as a lead that I have ever seen. Better than Pochahontas, which I love, better than Mulan, the lead character whom I also love. Merida, apart from those two princesses, is the only chracter out of all the other Disney or Disney-Pixar characters that I can identify with. She’s not stereotypically all-American, which I really appreciate. Honestly, Rapunzel from Tangled, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, they’re all the same! Wide-eyed and beautiful but yet somehow unaware of their beauty. Merida is such a breath of fresh air, in fact the entire film is! She’s fun, her voice actor is not American, she’s brave, curious, she’s just a legitimate character. I was really impressed with Brave, the entire film is fantastic, it’s the least cliched and most beautiful since The Lion King and hopefully it’s just the beginning of more original-type movies like this from the likes of Disney and Pixar. Also, I LOVE the fact that the entire movie doesn’t centre around her quest to find her one true love – such an overdone plotline.

    • I agree with ClodaghM!

  14. Personally, I think Brave was a great movie. She was not a typical Disney princess, and that is what I liked the most about her. Compared with a lot of other Disney movies, this one was actually relatable. However, I don’t think their should be a sequel. Some things are better left untouched.

  15. I would love to see a sequel to Brave. It is such an awesome movie my son can’t go 12 hours without watching it and frankly neither can I. I notice things I didn’t see before and that’s what I love about movies. With the ending that was given in Brave there needs to be a sequel. In wall-e the ending was an ending and I love that movie too. If you need ideas feel free to contact me in my email address that’s needed to post this because I have some good ideas for you.