With Pixar’s latest film being the sequel “Finding Dory“, having grossed $455.7 million so far, it’s no wonder Pixar has so many sequels on their slate: “Cars 3” in 2017, “Toy Story 4” in 2018, and “The Incredibles 2” in 2019. With most of Pixar’s films being critical and financial successes, one would assume that they would make sequels to all of their films, but Pixar president Jim Morris explained in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview why that’s not the case:
“Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on. A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
Aside from the already announced three upcoming Pixar sequels, Morris confirmed no others are in development at the moment. For March and June 2020, Pixar will be releasing two new original films (one of them being “Coco“), and have two other original films currently in the works, but without an official release date tied to them.
While Morris confirmed no other sequels are planned, he did say “anything’s possible”, often times Pixar has made sequels to films that they thought they had closed the book on. So even if we aren’t getting a sequel right now to “Ratatouille”, “Wall-E”, “Up”, or “Inside Out” (among a couple others), there’s always a possibility they will make another comeback.
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