Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, revealed today during Disney’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, that in addition to several original stories in the works, such as Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third Cars film and The Incredibles 2 led by Brad Bird, who wrote and directed the original film.
The news comes following our recent report that Pixar is working on a 3D conversion of the first Incredibles film, though a release strategy for the new version is still being worked out.
The first Cars movie, directed by John Lasseter and released in 2006, featured the voice talent of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable the Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, and many others. The film went on to gross over $461 million worldwide. In 2011, a sequel (Cars 2) was released, again with Lasseter at the helm. That film went on to earn $559 million at the worldwide box office.
Meanwhile, The Incredibles was released in 2004 and has left fans anticipating a sequel for the family of superheroes ever since. the film featured the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, Jason Lee and Samuel L. Jackson, and grossed over $631 milion worldwide.
On the Star Wars: Episode VII front, Iger announced that Lucasfilm will start shooting the highly-anticipated movie in mid-May. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will continue the Star Wars saga, and will take place 30 years after the events depicted in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Iger said. He added the film will star “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces,” but fans will have to wait a little longer for word on who those characters and actors might be, as Iger confirmed the only official cast member so far is R2-D2.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures