Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, spoke up yet again in the wake of the Incredibles 2/Cars 3 announcements. This time, he briefly spoke about balancing art and commerce, and also talked about retooling movies when they aren't working.
At the end of his piece, he brought up Newt…
Newt was another unlikely idea that wasn't working. When we gave it to somebody new [Pete Docter, director of Up], he said, "I'll do it, but I have another idea altogether, which I think is better." And we thought it was better too [Docter's concept was the basis of Inside Out, which he is directing for a 2015 release]. That was the reason we didn't continue with Newt.
First of all, who knew that Pixar gave Gary Rydstrom's directorial debut to Pete Docter… And Docter ditched it for Inside Out, which the studio deemed a stronger project. Does this mean that Docter might revisit Newt after he completes Inside Out? He said "I'll do it" when it was offered to him, so that indicates that there's a chance that the blue-footed newt might be taken off the shelf to be re-evaluated.
The only downside? If Docter does it, that means another director was booted off of his his/her own movie. Why not just wait till Rydstrom finishes the super secret project he's doing for Lucasfilm Animation? Or better yet, why not let both first-timer Rydstrom and an experienced Pixarian handle it together?
In short, I want to see this movie get made. We all do! No film has ever died at Pixar, just look at Cars and WALL-E's rocky production histories. The fact that Catmull unveiled this fact seems to hint that the film may return one day, after all, that concept artwork they prepared for it was released online. Not like Pixar would just never make it, I think they've been quietly hinting that they eventually want to make it.
Anyways, Pete Docter has made three films at Pixar. Monsters, Inc. came out in 2001, Up debuted nearly eight years later. When Inside Out opens in summer 2015, it'll have been six years since the story of Carl Fredricksen hit cinemas. This means that if Docter does go to Newt after his sure-to-be mind-blowing masterpiece is completed, we'll see it at the end of the decade. One can only hope right? A lot of other projects are ahead of it right now, so if it does fire back up again, we might have to wait a little while.
Do you think Newt will eventually come back?