Now that all the pieces of the door have been rebuilt with scotch tape, glue and a little monstrous love, it looks like there may be a place for Boo at the corporate headquarters of Monsters, Inc. 3.
Monsters, Inc. director and Pixar filmmaker Pete Docter told EW that a sequel to Monsters Inc. would move forward to a time when Boo is an adult. The first sequel to the classic animated feature, Monsters University, was, in reality, a prequel that featured Mike (Billy Crystal), Sully (John Goodman) and Randall (Steve Buscemi) while they were still matriculating in monster college.
Docter told Entertainment Weekly that the children and the monsters may have to sit for a sequel to pay off their student loans.
“You never say never – who knows what will happen?” Docter told EW. “We purposely went with a prequel for Monsters University because we didn’t want to answer some of the questions about what happens to Boo, and how does she grow up, and things like that. It would have to be really compelling, which is hopefully the benchmark for all of our sequels, anyway.”
Persistent Monsters Inc. 3 rumors suggest that Boo may return to the monsters of her dreams in the same way Peter Pan revisited Captain Hook.
“Part of that idea was like a Peter Pan-type thing, where [Wendy] had been visited by Peter Pan as a kid and had sort of half-forgotten who he was,” Docter said.
Pixar is currently developing sequels to The Incredibles 2, which should hit theaters in 2018, and Toy Story 4, which is slated for release in 2019, leaving Monsters Inc. 3 on the sidelines.
“It’s hard, because as we get in there, we realize you don’t want this to just be another regurgitation of something we’ve seen,” Docter said. “We’ve really plumbed the depths of these characters with Woody and Buzz, so to find something new that hasn’t been done, I feel like we’re onto it now. But it’s taken some real deep investigative work.”
The original Monsters, Inc. (2001) was filmed on a budget of $115 million and made $543 million worldwide. It was universally acclaimed by critics and fans. The prequel Monsters University, Which came out 12 years later, was slightly less acclaimed but sold more popcorn at $744 million worldwide.
Pixar is also planning Cars 3 and will release Coco in theaters on November 22, 2017. Toy Story 4 should reach theaters on June 21, 2019. A Monsters, Inc. sequel wouldn’t be ready until late 2019 or early 2020.