If there’s one thing that Pixar is good at, it’s lining up new projects for the foreseeable future. While Brave may have finished it’s run earleir this year at the theatres, Pixar currently has another four films in various stages of production, and for one such movie, they’ve recruited Derek “Safety not guaranteed” Connolly to help develop it.
Currently, Pixar has Monster’s University on tap for a 2013 release, The Good Dinosaur for 2014, a Pete Doctor Brain flick for 2015 as well as a certain Mexican day of the dead project on the cards as well. Add to that, various 3D re-releases, and a sequel to Finding Nemo, and their plate certainly does look full for the next couple of years.
As for the Connolly film project, that could only be arriving post-2015. According to the Variety report, Connolly has been at Pixar for a year now, working on the film in pre production alongside Teddy Newton, who also directed the Night and Day short that played before Toy Story 3. Here’s what Connolly had to say about the working method thus far;
It’s totally different, the way they do things up here. You’re here everyday. You don’t go away for three months and come up with a script. You’re involved with a director and it’s very collaborative.
As for the direction of the film, the only thing we know is that Connolly was told to “not to dumb it down or treat animation like it’s for kids. “ Still, it’s going to be a while before we see the film. Monster’s University has been in development since 2008, while various other films usually take around 4-5 years to go from concept to feature presentation.
Personally, I’m hoping that they’re not going to attempt to top the heart-wrenching scenes from Up and Toy Story 3. Because at this rate, we might be treated to ten minutes of characters from The Incredibles punching kittens.