Disney Planning Cars & Incredibles Sequels, Plus Star Wars News

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At a shareholders meeting earlier this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that new sequels to Cars and The Incredibles are currently in development at Pixar, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Plot details are yet to emerge for either film, though according to Iger, director Brad Bird is currently working on a “great story” for The Incredibles 2. Despite the original film’s open ending, which appears to lend itself well to a follow-up, The Incredibles’ director has taken years to settle on a story that he’s happy with. Back in 2011, he stated that he would not be looking to make a second film until he had an idea he felt was at least as good as that behind the first – unless, in his own words, it could be to The Incredibles what “Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story”:

Lightning-McQueen-disney-pixar-cars-772510_1700_1100“the last thing I want to do is do it just because it would open big, or something like that. I want to do it because I have something that will be as good or better than the original. Toy Story 2 was, to me, a perfect sequel, because it absolutely respected the first film but found new places to go without selling out its characters.”

As for Cars 3, it’s more difficult to imagine where the franchise can be taken next. Cars 2, however, worked surprisingly well, so its not unlikely that its successor will live up to the same high standards.

In addition to these two Pixar movies, Iger also mentioned that Disney is also considering a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, although it has yet to be greenlit. After the relatively poor reception of On Stranger Tides, another instalment seems a little ill-advised: we can only hope that, if it does get made, it will mark a return to the strong adventure narrative and witty dialogue that first made The Curse of the Black Pearl a success.

Finally, Iger announced that the upcoming Star Wars movie will be set 30 years after The Return of the Jedi. Potentially, this will allow original cast members to put in appearances in Episode VII, with the characters’ ageing made to align with the actors’ own. Cautious not to give away too much, however, Iger merely hinted at this possibility:

“There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads. The team is well into pre-production and from the concept art that I have seen so far, Star Wars: Episode VII really looks amazing.”

Which of these films are you most looking forward to? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter | The Mary Sue

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