Those longing for "A Bug's Life 2" or "The Incredibles Return" should place their hopes elsewhere for now. Pixar's president has revealed that the studio will cut back on its emphasis on sequels -- one of which, "Monsters University," is in theaters now -- and instead focus on only one original feature per year.
"Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world -- which is the rationale behind the sequel," Ed Catmull reportedly told BuzzFeed. "They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.”
While the "Toy Story" trilogy was an immense success both commercially and critically, "Cars 2" by far ranks as Pixar's lowest-rated release to date, earning a dismal 38-percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Monsters University" saw a successful opening weekend at the box office but holds a 77-percent rating -- a mediocre figure for a Pixar entry, as the studio's 14 movies average 88 percent.
The critical success of "Finding Nemo" follow-up "Finding Dory" won't be seen until November 2015. In the meantime, no other Pixar sequels are in the works -- although that doesn't mean none will come.
“We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something,” Catmull revealed. “That’s the rough idea.”
In keeping, "Inside Out," which takes a peek inside the mind of a young girl, will share the calendar year with "Finding Dory." The next Pixar entry, 2014's "The Good Dinosaur," has no sequel planned alongside it.