Latino Review reports from a “very credible” super-secret source that production on Monsters, Inc. 2 has begun. Aside from a tentative release date at some point between 2012 and 2013, nothing else is known about the project – there’s no word on the capacity in which Pete Docter would return, if at all (I wonder if his success with Up would make this more or less likely? Would he want to move onto different projects?).
The current Pixar line-up then, is as follows:
2010: Toy Story 3
2011: Cars 2 (June) / The Bear and the Bow (December)
I’d place my bets on a 2013 release for the Monsters, Inc. sequel then, unless they somehow manage to ramp up production to 2 films a year. Personally I’m disappointed with the number of sequels in Pixar’s pipeline, as I’d rather they got to work on original projects – most of their films (Monsters, Inc. included) stand well on their own, and don’t need to be milked. The only Pixar sequel I actually want to see is The Incredibles 2 – and that doesn’t seem to be anywhere on the horizon. I hope the wonderful studio isn’t cashing in / “selling out”…I guess we’ll find out later this year with Toy Story 3.