Pixar’s Pete Docter Says Studio Has No Plans For Live-Action Remakes: “I Like Making Movies That Are Original & Unique To Themselves”

Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios, is shooting down the idea of remaking classics into live-action features.

In a new interview, the filmmaker discussed how crucial the success of Inside Out 2 is to the future of the animation studio.

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“If [Inside Out 2] doesn’t do well at the theater, I think it just means we’re going to have to think even more radically about how we run our business,” Docter said in an interview with Time.

Docter was asked about a viral fan campaign to make Ratatouille into a live-action film, something he doesn’t even want to consider.

“No, and this might bite me in the butt for saying it, but it sort of bothers me,” he told the publication. “I like making movies that are original and unique to themselves. To remake it, it’s not very interesting to me personally.”

Docter said that making a live-action film about a rat “would be tough” and added, “So much of what we create only works because of the rules of the [animated] world.”

“So if you have a human walk into a house that floats, your mind goes, ‘Wait a second. Hold on. Houses are super heavy. How are balloons lifting the house?'” he continued. “But if you have a cartoon guy and he stands there in the house, you go, ‘Okay, I’ll buy it.’ The worlds that we’ve built just don’t translate very easily.”

Docter directed and wrote 2015’s Inside Out with the sequel being directed by Kelsey Mann. The animated sequel features a voice cast that includes Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan. Inside Out 2 opens wide in theaters on June 14.

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