Pixar is Planning 3D Re-Releases of 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille'
With 3D re-releases of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and Monster Inc. already in the past, Pixar Animation plans on giving two more of their films the same treatment. Screen Daily has word from Josh Hollander, Pixar’s director of 3D production (speaking at the 3D Creative Summit in London) that both The Incredibles and Ratatouille will be sent back to theaters in 3D. This will be the first time Pixar is re-releasing their films in 3D without a real reason. The aforementioned 3D re-releases hit theaters in order to promote then-forthcoming sequels, but the two new re-releases don't have sequels in development now.
Hollander says that they don't know what the release strategy will be for these re-releases at this time, though sometime this fall would be smart for one of them since Pixar doesn't have a single feature length film hitting theaters in 2014. With The Incredibles in particular, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the film, so that seems like a smart move. Hollander even remarked on the 3D converstion with a film that was animated more than 10 years ago, "It’s been an interesting challenge to work on technology because - while the film was released 10 years ago - the technology is even older as it took four years to make.”
Of course, it would be nice if a sequel to The Incredibles would start being developed so the re-release would make even more sense. But director Brad Bird doesn't want to rush just because someone wants a sequel. Bird commented that he'd been thinking about a potential sequel last summer saying:
"People think that I have not been [thinking about 'The Incredibles 2'], but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that."
Meanwhile, a sequel to Ratatouille seems less likely, but since that's Brad Bird's film too, if he can come up with a good idea, we're all ears to see how Remy the rat is faring in Paris with his new restaurant. A love story wouldn't be out of the question this time. But for now, fans will just have to take solace in the fact that they'll be able to see these films in theaters again. For my money, The Incredibles is the best bet, because with 10 years passing since the film first hit theaters, there are some teens who probably have kids of their own who they can introduce to this superhero family. Cool?