This year’s D23 Expo had one impressive line up. Those in attendance were hosted to a smorgasbord of unveilings and news that the Pixar plate looked to be booked solid for the next few years. One of the hi-lights was the long awaited (and worked on apparently) follow up, err prequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc. Going in the way back machine, this “before the fact” story will again follow Mike Wazowski and James P Sullivan but this time showing them in their college days. Pretty exciting to say the least right? Yeah I thought so too. There’s more on the story and its development after the jump…
The Pixar gang has actually been thinking about a MI sequel going all the way back to 2008 (which you can tell from the tiny scribble at the bottom right of the photo above). For those of you who, like myself, missed the Expo he’s a couple more shots showing how Pixar is turning back the clock on Mike and Sulley.
Despite what we’ve come to know from MI, Monsters University will show us that Mike and Sulley weren’t exactly the best of friends back in the day; so we can probably expect a Toy Story level of rivalry between them both. And as far as regulars, Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Tilly will be back (as Randall and Celia respectively) with some new faces to be voiced by Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn.
I have to say I was at first pessimistic about this (when rumors surfaced years ago) but going the prequel route sounds like a winning formula. Being Pixar it was safe to bet that they wouldn’t even try and mess with that amazing ending. Whew right? For more info from the day’s events check out the great write up at FirstShowing.
Finally, don’t you worry MI fans. Even though Pete Docter won’t be back at the helm this time around he isn’t necessarily leaving us high and dry. Not at all. Dan Scanlon will be directing but credits for the story (well characters at least) go to Docter and Andrew Stanton. Also for you fans of the “Doc”, Pete’s hard at work on another film that will be out after Monsters University. I can’t wait to see how that develops even though he’ll no doubt be missed in the Monsters universe.
That said, Pixar and Disney have slated Monsters University for release on June 21st 2013. I’m so down for this, but I’ll ask you…What do you think Pixar fans? Excited for this at all??