With today’s release of Up on DVD and Blu-ray, there is also some news from Pixar central about director Pete Docter and his next project. According to an interview with New York Magazine (via Upcoming Pixar), Docter says that he’s already working on his next Pixar-based film:

“I’m mostly focused on the next film that I have in development already,” said Docter. “That one I just started. We finished Up, I took some time off, spent some time in Europe and Japan doing publicity over there, so I’ve only been on this for like a couple weeks.”

Of course, the instant assumption is that Docter is hard at work on a sequel to Monsters Inc. (also on Blu-ray this week), which was the previous word from various sources around the time of Comic-Con in August. Back then, Docter admitted that Pixar had thought about the prospect of another Monsters movie, and that there were a few ideas out there, but nothing solid was ever reported.

This does suggest that Docter isn’t working on Monsters Inc. 2, but it is also still lacking anything substantial or definitive. The truth is that a Monsters Inc. sequel could very well still be in the works, its just that Docter is also involved in something else — something that he’s confirmed will be ready for a big screen debut in 2013 or 2014. That said, I would much rather see Docter take on another original idea rather than lay down a sequel. As much as I loved Monsters Inc., I would contend that a sequel isn’t really necessary. This isn’t exactly the Toy Story universe.

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