Pixar continues to enjoy great success at the box office, as evidenced by the record-breaking weekend for Incredibles 2. The sequel built on the themes first explored in the original film in 2004, while deepening the family relationship and featuring a baby with a range of newly-deployed superpowers. Of course, the animated adventure was also a lot of fun and included truly mind-boggling action sequences.
What will Pixar do next? In addition to one sequel, several original projects are percolating at the moment; here’s what we know about their next three releases.
Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)
Toy Story 3 appeared to wrap up the series nicely in 2010, but a year later, Tom Hanks claimed a fourth installment was in the works. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in 2014 that Toy Story 4 would be coming in 2017. A bit later, we heard that it would be a romantic comedy that would stand apart from the first three installments. Josh Cooley (Cars, Inside Out, Pixar short George & A.J.) was named as co-director the following year and as solo director in July 2017.
As far as we know, the story will still focus on Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts). Woody and Buzz will search for Bo Peep after she becomes lost; Potts has confirmed that she has a major role in the comedy.
Pixar has not yet specified which movies will open in theaters on the following two dates (March 6, 2020 and June 19, 2020) that they have claimed on the release calendar. They’ve also claimed June 18, 2021; March 18, 2022; and June 17, 2022; again, we have no idea what titles might be involved. Here’s what we know about possible releases.
Untitled Suburban Fantasy
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As we reported last year, “director Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) says that the movie reflects his personal story. He lost his father at a young age and says he “always wondered who my father was and how I’m like him — that question became the blueprint for this movie.” He also says it’s set in a “suburban fantasy world” where no humans exist. Only elves, trolls, sprites and unicorns live there.
Reportedly, production will begin in January 2019, according to Disney Film Facts, though we haven’t received oficial confirmation yet.
Untitled Pete Docter Movie
Pete Docter, the director of Monsters, Inc., Up and Inside Out, confirmed early in 2016 that he pitched the studio on a new idea. No other details have been revealed, though it could well be that the film is one of those planned for release in 2020. But that’s only speculation on our part.
Untitled Brian Fee Movie
Brian Fee, who directed Cars 3, said last year that he was directing an original film for Pixar. No other details have been revealed.
Untitled Domee Shi Movie
Domee Shi directed Bao, the short film that is now in theaters with Incredibles 2. (The background on the short is fascinating.) Earlier this year, Variety reported: “Last fall, she was invited to pitch three feature projects. One got the go-ahead, putting Shi on the path blazed by Peter Sohn, who went from making Partly Cloudy to directing The Good Dinosaur at Pixar.”
We’ll have to wait and see which Pixar projects are confirmed next. Until then, Incredibles 2 is now playing in theaters everywhere.