Disney CEO Bob Iger announced to investors that Pixar is actively developing sequels to its Cars and The Incredibles franchises.
Generally, I consider any announcement of a Pixar sequel at best bittersweet. Pixar is so good at bringing original stories to the screen that I consider every sequel they make another original we wont see.
And, not to be sacrosanct, I find the sequels to be a case of diminishing returns. Outside of the Toy Story franchise, each one I saw was not quite as good as the original.
And when you have a film like Cars, definitely viewed as the weak link in Pixar’s line-up for a quality perspective, the diminishing returns can be fatal. Cars 2 was the worst reviewed film in Pixar’s catalog, replacing its predecessor for that distinction. But the franchise is a pet project of Pixar’s Chief Creative Office John Lasseter and does make money in the box office and toy aisles, so Cars 3 we get, quality be damned.
Mitigating this news a bit is the fact that The Incredibles’ writer/director Brad Bird is taking a hand in the development of the sequel. No word on whether he’ll be directing the film as of yet, but he is writing it, which is definitely a good thing.
There’s also no word on when we’ll see these films, but it won’t be until 2017 at the earliest, as Pixar’s slate is full until then.