Slashfilm is reporting that John Lasseter has been brought in to bring Cars 2 back from a near crash. Summary of events below.
Less then a week later Blue Sky reported a rumor the John Lasseter, director of Toy Story 1 & 2, A Bug?s Life, Cars, and now the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been spending most of his time at Pixar Animation Studios in Emmeryville, instead of his usual office in Southern California. Rumor had it that Cars 2 was having massive story problems, and that Lasseter had been brought back to Pixar to help fix the issues. At the time we had heard rumblings that he was co-directing the film, helping out Brad Lewis, who is making his directorial debut with the film. At the time it was rumored that Lasseter would not be credited as co-director on the final film. Jim Hill now reports that Disney reps have officially confirmed that Lasseter will be the credited co-director of Cars 2 when it is released in June 2011.
Now don?t jump to any conclusions. This doesn?t mean that Cars 2 is doomed. Any employee of Pixar will be the first to tell you that every movie they?ve made has been a disaster at one point, that the key to their success is reworking and reworking a project until it becomes something great. In fact, this is what happened with Ratatouille and Toy Story 2.