Pixar Animation has gotten some criticism for falling into the Hollywood trap of creating more and more sequels. In the past five years, four out of the seven movies created by Pixar have been sequels: Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University and Finding Dory. And they’re not done yet, with The Incredibles 2 on the way and Toy Story 4 in the works too. But is there a chance that another one is in the works?
Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter recently sat down for an interview to discuss the making of the Pixar movie 15 years after its release, and conversation turned to whether or not we might get to see Monsters Inc 3 come together at some point. Find out what the filmmaker had to say below.
Entertainment Weekly chatted with Pete Docter about the possibility of Monsters Inc. 3, and while he confirmed that there was no active development of a sequel, he didn’t rule it out either:
You never say never — who knows what will happen? We purposely went with a prequel for Monsters University because we didn’t want to answer some of the questions about what happens to Boo, and how does she grow up, and things like that. It would have to be really compelling, which is hopefully the benchmark for all of our sequels, anyway.
Though there may not be any plans to make Monsters Inc. 3 happen (which would technically be Monsters Inc. 2 since Monsters University was a prequel), Pixar does have an idea from the early production of Monsters Inc. One of the pitches for the first movie would have been much different than what we got to see. Docter explains:
Part of that idea was like a Peter Pan-type thing, where [Wendy] had been visited by Peter Pan as a kid and had sort of half-forgotten who he was.
That sounds like Monsters Inc. meets Hook, which on the surface could be interesting, if only just to see Boo all grown up but I’m not sure where the story would go from there. Plus, I’m not sure I can emotionally handle the prospect of Boo being a high school aged teen who has completely forgotten about Sully and Mike. It would be like Riley forgetting about Bing Bong in Inside Out all over again.
But for now, Monsters Inc. 3 is non-existent, and it might be for the best if we just let that world be for awhile.
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