Disney/Pixar has revealed that the 2012 sequel formerly known as Monsters, Inc. 2 will be officially titled Monsters University. No word yet on whether or not Billy Crystal and John Goodman have signed on to reprise their roles, but it is expected they will be back.
The sequel is rumored to be a prequel that follows Mike and Sulley’s days at the University of Fear when they were enemies, before they became the best of friends. This certainly ties in with the new title.
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Many years ago, Disney began work on Toy Story 3 and Monsters Inc. 2 without the involvement of Pixar. There was some behind the scenes drama that was eventually ironed out with Disney’s multi-billion dollar buyout of Pixar. As a result, development on the Disney/Circle 7 Studios sequels was immediately halted and all creative and production duties were returned to Pixar.
Now, years later, we finally get to see what a non-Pixar produced Monsters. Inc sequel would look like. Enjoy.
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The long-rumored sequel is now official. Monsters, Inc. will arrive in theaters November 16, 2012. Disney/Pixar also announced that Brave (previously known as The Bear and the Bow) will be released on June 15, 2012.
So there you have it folks — Pixar’s lineup through 2012. This June we get Toy Story 3. Next summer we get Cars 2. And in 2012, for the first time ever, we’ll get two Pixar films in one year.
The rumors are all but officially confirmed as word on the street is that “Monsters, Inc. 2” is in development and will most likely be released in 2013. Pixar’s other upcoming sequels are Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011). The news was revealed to attendees at the Licensing International Expo 2009. While they were told to keep things to themselves, the news quickly leaked to blogs around the web. Pete Docter, director of the original Monsters, Inc and Up, will return to helm the sequel.