John Lasseter signs on as co-director for CARS 2

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
June 24th, 2010

John Lasseter Cars 2

Out of every movie studio, Pixar has done the most to transcend the boundary between industry leader and societal innovator. The films of Pixar don’t just make a lot of money or push technological boundaries. They create culture. Movies like TOY STORY and WALL-E reflect changes in our world to a degree that many other movies fail to accomplish.

The enigma, the outlier, when it comes to Pixar movies has to be CARS. It’s by far the weakest of all their films as it reflects a fad rather than culture itself. It was a reaction to the increasing popularity of the redneck culture, rather than a proactive look at shifts in the paradigm of American society. Thus, I was shocked to hear of a sequel to the one movie that many Pixar fanboys scoff at: CARS.

However, this sequel could very well be a better film than its sequel because John Lasseter has just signed on to co-direct the film. Hit the jump for the full story.

Originally, Brad Lewis was set to be the sole director of the project and the film was intended to be his directorial debut. According to rumors around the Pixar offices, the storywriting on CARS 2 has had some serious issues. Thus, the team called in John Lasseter who was responsible for TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2, and the original CARS.

It’s pretty unlikely that CARS 2 will end up being a complete disaster. If you’re interested, /Film has a great write up of a few Pixar classics that have run into similar trouble including RATATOULLIE and TOY STORY 2. They make a pretty convincing argument that pretty much every Pixar film has been in this state at least once. If this is what it takes to achieve the success they’ve had, then maybe more films should have total rewrites?

CARS 2 is currently slated for a June 2011 release.

Source: /Film

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