Pixar Announces Lee Unkrich's Next Project About Dia de los Muertos
by Alex Billington
April 25, 2012
Dia de los Muertos, also known as the "Day of the Dead", the Mexican holiday celebrated in November to remember friends and family members who have passed. That will be the setting of the next, new original Pixar movie being directed by Lee Unkrich (of Toy Story 3). During Disney/Pixar's presentation at the industry convention CinemaCon yesterday, the studio officially announced that Unkrich will be working on a Dia de los Muertos movie, showing an early logo for the project. It's not scheduled yet, but likely to arrive in either 2015 or 2016 (if you can imagine that far out already) following Pete Docter's "mind" movie.
The new project, which still doesn't have an official title just yet, is being directed by editor-turned-director Lee Unkrich of the wonderful Toy Story 3, produced by Darla K. Anderson (of A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc, Cars, Toy Story 3). No details at all are known about this Pixar project, but Unkrich did tweet this tidbit: "So excited to finally reveal my next movie at Pixar: a story set in the world of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos." His phrase "in the world of" makes me wonder if it will maybe have skeleton characters, or something fun and funky like that. It's certainly a vibrant "world" and they'll have a lot to play with in there.
Oddly enough, Guillermo del Toro is already producing/developing a different animated Dia de los Muertos project announced in February. These couldn't possibly be the same projects, but are they going to be too similar? Only time will tell, and for all we know, these may be released years apart, considering it takes four years for Pixar to develop an animated movie, and they're just barely announcing this one (Unkrich got the greenlight on it late last year). For more Pixar updates from CinemaCon, read here. Stay tuned. Any ideas?