When I heard that Pixar were working on a sequel to the hugely popular, and one of my favourite films of all time, Wreck It Ralph, of course people started to wonder what other film sequels could be in the pipeline for Pixar. After all, Finding Dory is in cinemas now and we are all eagerly awaiting The Incredibles 2 in 2019 along with Wreck in Ralph 2 of course.
Sadly we won’t get sequels for other popular films for a while, but there are valid reasons that make it slightly easier to stomach. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Pixar’s president Jim Morris spoke about the development process for the films and why some films have sequels and some don’t. “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,” Morris said, adding, “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
This is exactly why I love Pixar as they do their films because they want to and have an idea that they love. I’m not saying that other film companies don’t love the films they make, but there is something different about Pixar and who they work with to create these amazing films.
Which brings us nicely onto the topic of sequels and I have the same opinion as Pixar, there is no point in doing a sequel unless there is a genuine reason to. And although we are getting sequels to Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wreck it Ralph and Cars, we won’t be getting sequels for Ratatouille, WALL-E or Inside Out for a while due to a simple reason; the directors are busy working on other projects. As Morris explains, “Pete Docter [who directed Inside Out] has an original idea for his next film. Brad Bird, being the director of Ratatouille, is working on The Incredibles and we haven’t really spoken about [a sequel to] that. And WALL-E is close to my heart since I produced it… It would be good to go back and visit that world and let everybody know that the humans actually survived again after getting back to their burnt-out planet. But that was really a love story that had its beginning, middle and end, so we’re not really planning any further stories in those worlds at this point.”
So we won’t be getting sequels to some Pixar films but on the plus side we have Cars 3, Toy Story 4, Wreck it Ralph 2 and The Incredibles 2 being released in the next few years along with original movies from Pixar like Moana, Coco and Gigantic coming our way too. I don’t think we will be missing out because of a lack of sequels, do you?
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