Pixar has brought some fantastic characters to life. They’ve taken on almost every genre that we can think of and they’ve produced sequels to those big films which don’t lose their quality. We’ll be getting Toy Story 4, the much anticipated follow-up to the studio’s first major franchise soon. So, with 15 years since the original Monsters, Inc. movie and a recent prequel in Monsters University, the guys over on EW had to ask Pixar filmmaker Pete Docter about plans for another potential Monsters film.
Docter has been an integral part of the Toy Story franchise. He also directed Monsters, Inc. – so if anyone knows, it’s him.
Taken from EW:
“You never say never — who knows what will happen?” Docter says. “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.”
We all remember the end of Monsters, Inc., where all we hear is Boo’s voice as Sully wanders through her door. It would make sense that the studio wouldn’t want to touch on Boo’s storyline. However, as the prequel Monsters University shows, there is a treasure trove of material for Pixar to touch on before Sully and Mike even discover Boo.
There has been a lot of online speculation about a potential Monsters, Inc. 3. Fans are desperate to know what happened to the original film’s character Boo now that she’d be in high school. According Docter, this was actually the original concept of the first film:
“Strangely enough, such a Boo-focused sequel would actually return the Monsters, Inc. story to one of its earliest, albeit scrapped, pitches: an adult interacts with the monsters of his youth. 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,” Docter explains.
Whilst talk of another Monsters, Inc. film is purely speculation, Toy Story 4 is definitely going ahead. According to EW, rumours are that the plot will be focusing on the “relationship between Woody and Bo Peep, who was absent in Toy Story 3. Docter confirms that the rom-com aspect is still very much alive.”
Whatever happens with Monsters, Inc., if Disney‘s love of sequels is anything to go by, we’ll hopefully be seeing another film soon.
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