Until recently, Pixar bet on sequels. In fact, between 2016 and 2019, the company released only one original (“Coco”) among five films.
That changed this year with the release of two originals with “Onward” and “Soul,” and will continue in the near future with “Luca” and “Turning Red”.
Pixar’s new creative director, Pete Docter, explained to THR that sequels are a necessity of success, although they are currently more focused on original ideas:
“We’ve had a number of sequels in the past, too many in a row. We have a lot of original stuff now, which I’m personally excited about, but for financial security we should probably have a few more sequels. Sometimes it’s hard because creative projects have a life of their own, either they get started or they don’t. “
He also confirmed that Pixar will produce more content than ever before, with some going directly to Disney + in the near future: “Earlier this year we were asked to improve our game and produce more. So we’ve stepped up and basically work as much for streaming as in the theatrical edition. “
The next Pixar project will be the theatrical release of “Luca” due out in June next year.