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‘Cars 3’ Director Brian Fee Is Directing an Original Pixar Movie

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It was revealed last weekend during the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films presentation at this year’s D23 Expo that Monsters University director Dan Scanlon will direct Pixar’s next original film—after Coco, that is—set in a suburban fantasy world. The film has not been given a release date, but the studio has the following dates staked out for untitled, upcoming films: March 13, 2020, June 19, 2020, and June 18, 2021.

It’s expected that The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You into a Suburban Fantasy World will take one of those three dates, and it appears that another original film, with Cars 3 director Brian Fee at the helm, may very well take another!

Fee, like Scanlon, worked on a number of films at Pixar before going on to make his directorial debut. He worked as a storyboard artist on Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Cars 2 and as a story artist on Monsters University. The similarities between Fee and Scanlon’s career paths go even further than their time at Pixar—they, like Mike and Sulley in Monsters University, went to college together! Fee and Scanlon both studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where they were also roommates. (Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.)

Fee is currently taking a well-deserved break coming off of Cars 3, which he says took six years to make from start to finish, but he confirmed in an interview on the Empire podcast that not only does he plan on continuing to work with Pixar, but he’s actually directing another movie for the studio! We don’t know what exactly the film will be just yet, but Fee did say that it will be an original film rather than another installment in an existing franchise like Cars or Monsters, Inc.


I don’t know about you, but knowing that there are at least two original films in the works at Pixar, especially from filmmakers as talented as Brian Fee and Dan Scanlon, is enough to make me excited for what’s to come. Until then, we still have Coco coming later this year, the long-awaited The Incredibles 2 in 2018, and Toy Story 4 in 2019. As for what other Pixar movies could come our way over the next few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were plans for another Monsters, Inc. film or even an Inside Out 2.

There’s no denying that Pixar can make and has made excellent sequels, whether you’re talking about Toy Story 3 or Finding Dory, but I think everyone can agree that brilliant, original films are the staple of Pixar and are what makes the studio so great, so it’s encouraging to know that there will be no shortage of original content from Pixar going forward and that we have every reason to have hope for what the studio has planned for infinity and beyond.

What do you think, Rotoscopers? Are you excited to see more original movies from Pixar? What sequels, if any, do you still want to see? Sound off in the comments!

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Angelo Thomas

Angelo Thomas is a writer, director, and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to writing for Rotoscopers, he writes for The Royal Blog of Oz and guest hosts The Royal Podcast of Oz. Angelo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently studying Film & Video in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he has also worked as an assistant in Marketing & Communications. His favorite film of all time is The Wizard of Oz, which has influenced much of his personal and professional work. In terms of his love for animation, Tangled and Frozen aren't just great animated films in his opinion — they're some of the best films ever made. Angelo is always prepared to give and defend his opinions when it comes to film and animation, which he often does on social media. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr @imangelothomas.
  • Jeremiah

    Meh, the Toy Story sequels make the studio great every bit as much as their “original” films (note the scare quotes. Every film is technically original.”

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m intrigued about the suburban fantasy setting as well. Except I’m finding how they describe unicorns as pests who eat garbage to be a little cheesy. So let’s hope it doesn’t cause a bit of minor tone inconsistency like Good Dinosaur went through.

    • Angelo Thomas

      I am a newish writer! I’m happy to be a part of the team. 🙂

  • Sebastian

    I’m very happy for both Dan & Brian. Ive enjoyed both of their first debuts and I wish them luck for their future stories. I can’t wait to learn more about the fantasy one.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Yes and I enjoyed Cars 3 more than MU! Hearing about them as roommates sounds very special.

  • This should be interesting. While the 1st films these guys directed were not
    all that great, since they now have the freedom to make original movies, I’m
    pretty excited to see what Brian Fee and Dan Scanlon can come up with.

  • Frank Coufal

    Cars 3 was really great. Here’s hoping Brian Fee delivers another crowd pleaser.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Fee did an excellent job with Cars 3 providing new breathing room for the storytelling of these characters we’ve come around to care for over the years. Doing an original project will allow him to develop a signature mark of his own at Pixar! They always turn what seems to be the craziest ideas into something beautiful!

  • David K

    I’m sorry but pixar, in their right mind, wouldn’t make sequels to Monsters, Inc. & Inside Out.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I would want to see Inside Out 2 as well as Cars 4.

  • The premise for the original Pixar movie intrigues me, hope to see some more news about it!! 😀