Recently we wrote about how Pixar had pulled director Bob Peterson off of their forthcoming film, The Good Dinosaur. Now comes news that the film (originally set for May 30, 2014) has been pushed to November 25th, 2015, the date Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory was set to open on. That film will now open in the summer of 2016.
This will make 2014 the studio’s first year without a feature film since 2005. Speaking on the matter, Pixar’s president, Ed Catmull stated:
“Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film…”
“Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time.”
The premise of the film is based on the “What If?” notion that an asteroid never hit Earth, creating a world where dinosaurs and humans now coexist.
Just shortly after Peterson left The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s “Brain Trust” including CCO John Lasseter, Mark Andrews, Lee Unkrich, and the film’s original co-director, Peter Sohn, began overseeing various portions of the film. A replacement director has not yet been named.
Pixar’s next film to be released will now be Pete Docter’s Inside Out, set inside the mind of a young girl. Inside Out is slated for June 19, 2015.
The studio which usually only releases one film a year, is now set to release two in 2015. With that comes much higher budgets and substantial additions to Pixar’s production crews.
Speaking on that, Andrew Stanton had this to say in an interview he did back in June:
“We can’t have the amount of labor it takes to do these movies at the same time because it becomes unsustainable economically…”
“But it means if one director has a problem, everybody’s connected to the same bed sheet. You pull one end and it makes wrinkles in the other one. It’s a new problem.”
So what are your thoughts on the situation? As a huge Pixar geek I’m sad to see a year without a Pixar film, but I’m more than happy to have them take their time and make the film as good as it can be. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: The L.A. Times