Monsters, Inc' sequel in the offing

MUMBAI: At a presentation, Disney Film chief Rich Ross has declared that Pixar‘s Brave would releaseon 12 June, 2012. He also disclosed plans of having another sequel to Monsters, Inc. that is scheduled to release on 16 November, 2012.

After unveiling trailers for a number of upcoming titles -- including Jerry Bruckheimer‘s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer‘s Apprentice and Secretariat -Ross unveiled the first three movies he‘s given a go-ahead to Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and The Muppets in 2011 and Prom in 2012. 

The first is the company‘s most successful global franchise and hence a no-brainer, the second will introduce a new Muppet named Walter, and the third will be "smart and authentic" a la what John Hughes used to do.

Brave, once known as The Bear and the Bow, is written and directed by Brenda Chapman features the voices of Reese Witherspoon and Billy Connolly in a tale of archery and royalty while Monsters, Inc. directed by Pete Docter grossed $525 million worldwide after its release in November 2001.

Ross emphasized the diversity of the banners under the studio umbrella -- from Disney‘s bemused and decidedly modern take on the Rapunzel fairy tale in Tangled to Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks‘ distinctive brands and approaches. But, he added, none has a "silo mentality."

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