The past few years for Disney Animation have been, to put it bluntly, simply magical. From Tangled to Wreck-It-Ralph and Frozen, things have pleasant for the giant company. Last year saw the release of Big Hero 6, a loose adaptation of a Marvel comic property of the same name. With over $521 million in worldwide box office grosses, it stands at Disney’s third highest grossing animated film to date. With any other company, a sequel would be inevitable, but on the whole, Disney doesn’t have much of a track record for theatrical releases of animated sequels. But given that Big Hero 6 is something of a superhero flick, a sequel would inevitably in the works, right?
Co-writers/directors of the film, Don Hall and Chris Williams sat down with Creative Screenwriting and discussed that very possibility.
“We’ll see. We just finished this one, and the truth is, we’re exhausted from the ordeal of making it. It was really fun, but it was long hours, and it was pretty intense. It’s a pretty emotional time for us. These are characters that we’ve grown to know very well, now it’s time to let go of them, and they’re going into the world without us. We’re in the middle of that phase. So we haven’t talked about or thought about any sequels or anything like that. Having said that, of course, we love these characters, and the thought of working with them again some day definitely has its appeal.”
While sequels do make up a giant portion of the box office these days–and a Big Hero 6 sequel would undoubtedly make a boatload–one thing they took out of Pixar’s playbook is not making a sequel until the directors are ready.
“John Lassater’s very supportive of the directors, and he won’t force them to put out a sequel unless they have a story that really excited about. It has to feel like a story that really has to be told, or deserves to be told. It can’t just be cashing in on the success of a previous film.”
So while a sequel may eventually be in the works, it isn’t something that should be expected anytime soon. There are also a few other films on Disney’s slate in the coming years: Zootopia, Moana, and Giants–so if there ever should be a sequel, it’d have to follow those films.
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