Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Loses it’s Director
Pixar Animation has removed their director Bob Peterson from their next scheduled release, The Good Dinosaur. A replacement has yet to be named.
While the loss of a film’s director less than a year prior to it’s release is usually cause for concern, at Pixar it is not unusual. In fact, this marks the fourth time in eight films that the studio has changed director during production.
Peterson co-directed Pixar’s critical and commercial smash Up in 2009, and conceived the idea for The Good Dinosaur, which takes place in an alternate version of Earth where dinosaurs never became extinct.
The studio’s president, Ed Catmull stated that the executives at Pixar chose to replace Catmull due to the rapidly approaching release date, and the fact that several creative choices have yet to be made.
“Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out,” says Catmull. “Sometimes directors…are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up.”
The Good Dinosaur is scheduled for release on May 30th, 2014.
Source: The Los Angeles Times