Disney-Pixar has held a steady one-a-year release pace since '05, but next year the streak will be broken.
Mhmm. For the first time in almost a decade, an entire year will go by without one of the studio's new animation sensations rolling out, and according to the Los Angeles Times, it's because "The Good Dinosaur" has gone bad.
"The Good Dinosaur" was set to be co-directed by Bob Peterson of "Up" acclaim and feature a boy who befriends an Apatosaurus in a world where dinos weren't killed off before humankind came along, but apparently the writer-director's deadlines were nearing extinction without results, and the studio decided to pull him from the project.
Stepping in to help co-director Peter Sohn salvage the bones of this "Dinosaur" for now are John Lasseter ("Cars"), director Lee Unkrich ("Monsters Inc.," "Toy Story 3") and Mark Andrews ("Brave"), but Pixar has not set a full replacement for Peterson just yet.
How about that heap of dino drama.
So now the pic, which was originally scheduled for release on May 30, 2014, has been pushed back to Nov. 25, 2015, and that "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory," won't bow 'til summer 2016. 2014, meanwhile, is left empty of Pixarness. Oof. A year without income is tough stuff, even for a wildly successful studio.
The pseudo-good news is that Pixar lovers'll get a double helping in 2015 when "The Good Dinosaur" is finally hatched after Pete Docter's brainy and uberexciting "Inside Out" land in theaters on June 19, 2015.