“Monsters Inc.” director Pete Docter sat down with EW this week to talk about Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” fifteen years on since its release and several years on since the first sequel (or rather prequel) “Monsters University” opened in cinemas.
Naturally the question as to whether a third film in the series might come together at some point, he says there’s no active development of a sequel but doesn’t rule out the possibility:
“You never say never – who knows what will happen? We purposely went with a prequel for Monsters University because we didn’t want to answer some of the questions about what happens to Boo, and how does she grow up, and things like that. It would have to be really compelling, which is hopefully the benchmark for all of our sequels, anyway.”
The studio is currently focused on other sequels at the moment including “The Incredibles 2” and a fourth “Toy Story”. Docter admits it has taken some time to get “Toy Story 4” together as they wanted to go some place deeper with the characters:
“It’s hard, because as we get in there, we realize you don’t want this to just be another regurgitation of something we’ve seen. We’ve really plumbed the depths of these characters with Woody and Buzz, so to find something new that hasn’t been done, I feel like we’re onto it now. But it’s taken some real deep investigative work.”
“Toy Story 4” is now targeting a 2019 release.