Within the Disney Pixar universe, the highly anticipated The Incredibles 2 (working title) is still a long way off. Over three years, in fact. The sequel to the 2004 smash hit Incredibles won't arrive in theaters until June 2019, but progress is already well underway on the project.
Writer and director Brad Bird is keeping any story lines a tight secret for now but one piece of information is confirmed; Michael Giacchino, who scored the first movie, will return to score Incredibles 2.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 25, 2015
Looking forward to being back in business with Mr I and Family! https://t.co/XiMouqOsBS
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) November 25, 2015
The news will come as little surprise to many, since Bird and Giacchino have teamed up for multiple projects since the first Incredibles movie, including Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille (2007) and Tomorrowland. Giacchino was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Ratatouille in 2008 and then won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score in 2010 for another Disney/Pixar movie, Up.
Giacchino composed the score for Cars 2, as well as multiple other movies including Jupiter Ascending, Inside Out, Jurassic World and the upcoming Disney film, Zootopia. As well as Incredibles 2, he is also lined up to score Cars 3, the Jumanji reboot and the upcoming Planet of the Apes installment, War for the Planet of the Apes.
For Bird, as indeed for fans of The Incredibles, this sequel is a very treasured project. While the first movie lends itself perfectly to further adventures for Bob and his family, not to mention other characters such as Frozone, it seems the Bird really wants to take the time to get this right; hence the many years of delay.
Though he hasn't divulged any news on the plot, Bird has said that he is happy to be returning to the characters he created and their superhero alter-egos. He has also hinted that he plans to use some ideas that he couldn't fit into the original movie, and he's said outright that Incredibles 2 will not follow the same formula as many of the current wave of superhero films do. Instead, Incredibles 2 will return to a similar format that proved so successful the first time around; which is to say that it will focus more on the characters and their relationships, a fact which will please those who loved the first film.
Though no casting details are confirmed, Samuel L. Jackson has hinted that Frozone could well return, and it is widely expected that Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter will return to voice the characters of Mr Incredible and Elastigirl, respectively. Of course, any Incredibles movie just wouldn't be the same if Brad Bird didn't also deliver the voice of the incomparable Edna Mode.
The Incredibles 2 will hit U.S. theaters on June 21st, 2019.