Monday, August 3, 2015

Two Pixar Bits: 'Cars 3' Release Date Hints, John Debney to Score a Pixar Film?

Just a few weeks ago, Pixar held a private Motorama car show. Autoweek got some details on the show, and some words from John Lasseter himself...

What did Mr. Lasseter have to say about the next installment in the Cars series? According to Autoweek's writer Mark Vaughn, Lasseter said the film "may come out in the summer of 2018 or 2019."

Just as I and many others have suspected, though I did suggest a little while back that it could arrive as early as June 2017 should Toy Story 4 - currently occupying that slot - be pushed back. However, last week we learned that voice work for Toy Story 4 will begin this coming September, and now with this tidbit, it's apparent that Cars 3 will indeed open as early as June 2018. The latest date on Pixar's current slate is June 15, 2018. Nothing is penciled in beyond that point. The latest date on Disney's slate, period, is 7/12/2019 - Marvel's Inhumans.

That does leave one question... Which year does it most likely land in? Cars 3, according to various reports, began development as far back as 2011. We certainly knew of its existence as far back as August 2013, when Michael Wallis - Route 66 historian and the voice of the Sheriff - spilled the beans and confirmed that it is coming, and that it will be about Route 99. Cars 3 was officially announced in March 2014 at the Walt Disney Company's annual shareholder conference. A Pixar board artist mentioned that he was working on Cars 3 when Toy Story 4 was announced and penciled in for summer 2017 back in November.

Initially I thought that meant that Cars 3 could open ahead of Toy Story 4, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

On the other hand, The Incredibles 2 seemed to enter active development around the time it was announced in March 2014. It was recently revealed that director Brad Bird has begun writing it, though it's not known whether he's actually going to direct it or not. I reckon he most likely will.

Cars 3 still doesn't have a director attached. I suspect we'll learn who will be at the helm soon. And I mean soon. D23 anyone? Who will it be? Probably not Lasseter. Maybe a newbie? Dan Scanlon? Who knows...

But at this point, yes, I think Cars 3 will be the 6/15/2018 release, with The Incredibles 2 opening sometime in 2019. The fall 2017 film? Well, if it's Lee Unkrich's Day of the Dead film, then I doubt it's a 11/22/2017 release. If not, then it's probably Mark Andrews' film, which was in development as far back as early 2013. Probably before then...

Anyways, my prediction for now...

Toy Story 4 - 6/16/2017
Los Muertos - 10/13/2017
Cars 3 - 6/15/2018
The Incredibles 2 - TBD 2019
Mark Andrews Film - TBD 2019/2020

Speaking of that mystery 2017 Pixar film... Look what surfaced on composer John Debney's IMDb page...

The good folks at Pixar Post spotted this. Debney has been around in the film world for a while, one look at his IMDb page gives you an idea of where he's usually at: Disney, family films, animation... His specialties! It makes sense that he'll score a Pixar film, and it's good to see Pixar once again branching out from the usual Newman-Newman-Giacchino circle.

Interestingly enough, when you go to Pixar 2017 Movie #2's IMDb page, you'll see that Dan Scanlon is apparently directing the film!

Hey it makes sense, his previous film will turn 4 1/2 by the time this comes out.

However, if you look at the soundtrack listing, you'll see that it contains the Madness (you know, "Our house... In the middle of our street!") song 'Night Boat to Cairo'... Now I'm skeptical.

IMDb can be edited by anyone (remember when Toy Story 4 was listed as a 2014 release on there?), and while I'll happily believe that Scanlon could be the director of the mystery 2017 project, I have a hard time believing that we would know what pre-existing song will be in a film we literally know next-to-nothing about. That would be like Pixar announcing Toy Story 3, but not revealing the title or anything other than the release date and the fact that Gary Wright's 'Dream Weaver' will be used in it. It just doesn't happen that way, so I'm going to take all of this information with massive grains of salt.

Also, why 'Night Boat to Cairo'? If someone did edit this, does he or she speculate that the Pixar original will be set in Egypt?

What do you think? When do you think Cars 3 with drive into theaters? Do you think Scanlon could direct Pixar 2017 Movie #2? Do you think Debney could score it? Sound off below!

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