Pixar Animation Studios has concentrated largely on making original films as opposed to starting up movie franchises which most studios depend on. Granted, they made follow ups to “Toy Story” and “Cars,” but that was because the filmmakers came up with great stories for each one. But now Pixar is on the verge of following several of their projects with sequels, possibly in response to their latest movie “Brave” being seen as a box office underperformer. Pixar still does have some original projects in the works, but let’s take a look at what sequels they are said to have in store.
Taking place ten years before “Monsters, Inc.,” this one has Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) meeting for the first time at college. We get to see them studying to become scarers, and while we know they become the best of friends, this prequel actually has them as rivals who can’t stand one another. When Crystal was at the Aero Theatre last summer, he described the upcoming prequel as “college pranks with monsters.”
Directing “Monsters University” is Dan Scanlon, a storyboard artist for Pixar. Returning to reprise the roles from the original are Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, and John Ratzenberger. Kelsey Grammar however will be taking over the role of Henry J. Waternoose III which was originally played by the late James Coburn.
The prequel already has a hilarious teaser trailer for all to see, and it is set to be released in summer 2013.
“Finding Nemo 2”
Now the news behind the possibility of this sequel becoming a reality has been going back and forth as Pixar doesn’t like to talk about movies they have in development. But it was confirmed just recently that Andrew Stanton, who directed the original “Finding Nemo,” will be helming the sequel and apparently has a great concept for it as well. This should prove to be a big comeback for him as his last film, “John Carter,” turned out to be a mega flop for Disney.
It hasn’t been confirmed yet if Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will be coming back to voice Dory and Marlin for the sequel, but it certainly won’t be a sequel without them.
“Toy Story 4”
Rumors are still swirling around about this sequel, and one wonders if there even needs to be another “Toy Story” movie anyway. The last one seemed to wrap things up nicely, but it did also make over $1 billion worldwide. Tom Hanks however is convinced that the folks at Pixar are working on a follow up. While promoting “Larry Crowne” on a BBC interview, Hanks was asked if there will ever be a “Toy Story 4.”
“I think there will be, yeah. I think they’re working on it now,” he said.