After the incredible successes of Finding Dory and the two sequels to Toy Story, you might think that Pixar could just coast their way into further box office billions by simply churning out sequels for their most beloved properties.
However, Pixar president Jim Morris says that the company plans to shut down the sequels — at least for a little while — after the current crop of in-development follow-ups are finished.
For those not keeping track, here’s how it breaks down.
–Finding Dory, just released in theaters.
–Cars 3, coming June 2017
–Coco, (an original movie), coming late 2017
–Toy Story 4, June 2018
–The Incredibles 2, June 2019
“Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now” Morris told Entertainment Weekly. He went to add that Pixar is working on two original films to add to their already impressive list, presumably to be released sometime in late 2019 or 2020.
“Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris explains. “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
For dedicated Pixar fans, this means there will be sequels to Wall-E, Ratatouille, Inside Out, or Up. It also probably means a sequel to The Good Dinosaur is not even close to being on the table.