Looks like there won’t be anymore Pixar sequels after the current slate of sequels has been released. The news comes as the studio gets ready to release Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and The Incredibles 2 over the next few years, but also as more people question the lack of originality at Pixar.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Pixar President Jim Morris stated that the studio is going to focus on originality for the foreseeable future, but also talked about the recent spate of sequels.
“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 lot of the reason that Pixar has been on a sequel kick and not an originiality path is time, resources of the artist, and more specifically the directors. If you have a director who has done a previous Pixar film and they come up with a continuation of that story, that means that the staff begins work on that project as opposed to a new idea. On the other hand if the directors and artist are working on a new project they cant work on sequels. This is very true in the world of animation since projects take numerous years to complete.
“Our plan had been to make an original every year and a sequel every other year, if the idea came forth to do it,” says Morris. “If we add the next films after the current ones, it actually comes out to exactly that: seven sequels in a spate of 21 originals, from the time we were acquired by Disney [in 2006]. So it’s penciled out to be the same portfolio, just not in the order we thought they would be. And a lot of that has to do with when Andrew had a sequel idea, and Brad had a sequel idea…sometimes that’s just how it happens.”
So if you were looking for a sequel to Wall-E, UP, Inside Out, or Ratatouille then you will be waiting a few years maybe even a decade before things wind back around and the studio decides to visit this stories.