Pixar president on their development process, why there's no sequel to Inside Out or WALL-E

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Jul 5, 2016, 11:30 AM EDT

Though the studio just dropped Finding Dory and has a new Toy Story in development, Pixar isn’t exactly known for cranking out sequels. So, why don’t we already have Inside Out 2 and WALL-E: Back to Earth in development?

Pixar president Jim Morris chatted with Entertainment Weekly about their development process and said they strive to do original stories (the recent spate of sequels notwithstanding) and typically only consider a sequel when the original creative team has a compelling story actually worth telling. Which is why Ratatouille is still a one-shot and it took more than a decade for The Incredibles to get a follow-up.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“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. 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…

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 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.”

For those keeping count: Since 2006 (when it was purchased by Disney) and running through its scheduled releases the next few years, Pixar will have averaged seven sequels over 21 total projects. It’s a risky approach to not double down on proven IP, but Pixar has built its business on launching compelling original films and lighting up the box office more often than not.

Here’s hoping the next few sequels, and originals, can live up to the expectations.


(Via Entertainment Weekly)