Pixar Getting Out Of The Sequel Business

Pixar has undergone some criticism in recent years for their reliance on sequels be it “Cars 2,” “Monsters University” and the recent “Finding Dory” along with three other announced follow-ups on the way every June for the next three years – “Cars 3” in 2017, “Toy Story 4” in 2018 and “The Incredibles 2” in 2019. In fact they’re only one original movie on the way in the next three years – “Coco” next Thanksgiving.

Speaking with EW this weekend, Pixar president Jim Morris has revealed that for now there are no more plans for further sequels beyond the three already announced, and right now Pixar is only developing original ideas with four films currently in the works. Morris says: “Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now.”

Of the four, two of those will hit in 2020, the next either entirely in 2021 or one pushed back into 2022. Of the two 2020 films, he says they will be originals that are set in “unusual but believable worlds that take us in other directions than we’ve pursued in the past.”

The studio has always aimed for a one sequel for every two originals ratio. Morris says that if you: “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].” However, it’s just not in the order of release that they expected.

Morris also confirms there’s no plans for sequels to “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “WALL-E” or “Inside Out”.