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Despite three of the next four upcoming Pixar films being a sequel, it seems as though the studio will soon put a hold on any future follow ups, opting instead for a slate of originals.

Spot and Arlo in The Good Dinosaur [Pixar]
Spot and Arlo in The Good Dinosaur [Pixar]

Pixar President, Jim Morris has revealed that after the release of the last sequel on the current slate, The Incredibles 2 in June 2019, the studio will release four original films. Morris explained Pixar's decision in an interview with EW, saying:

"Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on.

Not only does a Pixar filmmaker have to have an idea for a sequel that they're willing to move forward on, they also have to be available to move forward on it. This explains why sequels such as Finding Dory took so long to be brought to life. Dory was released 13 years after the original because the directors of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, had both moved onto other projects (WALL-E for Stanton and Toy Story 3 for Unkrich). These projects then needed to be completed before work on Finding Dory could begin.

Dory was released 13 years after Nemo [Pixar]
Dory was released 13 years after Nemo [Pixar]

Morris also explained that sequels were often times more difficult to make than originals. He said:

A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on."

The difficulty of perfecting a sequel was proven back in 2011 when Cars 2 only managed a Metacritic score of 57, and just 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any Pixar film.

Upcoming Pixar original, Coco [Pixar]
Upcoming Pixar original, Coco [Pixar]

So with sequels often hard to plan due to director availability, Morris told EW that Pixar will release four original films from 2020 onwards. "Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now," he said. At the moment there are two untitled original films scheduled to be released in March and June 2020, and a further two are in early development, and look "highly likely" to join the studio's schedule soon.

And as for the enormous amount of sequels we've seen from the studio recently? Well Morris explained that actually Pixar is still releasing the same ratio of originals to sequels, though many of those sequels have all come at once. "Our plan had been to make an original every year and a sequel every other year, if the idea came forth to do it," he revealed. "If we add the next films after the current ones, it actually comes out to exactly that: seven sequels in a spate of 21 originals, from the time we were acquired by Disney [in 2006]." Interesting!

So there you have it, Pixar fans. In total we have three sequels and five originals to look forward to, and after all that perhaps we'll see some of our favorites return in even more sequels in the future (WALL-E sequel, anyone?!).

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Source: Entertainment Weekly