Life ain't easy for a Pixar director. Known for their arduous pre-production process, entire films crews can shift if the Pixar top brass doesn't like what's happening. And now The Good Dinosaur director Bob Peterson has been axed from his own feature.
Just recently we discovered that Pixar's next big dino project would take place in an alternate history where the asteroid never hit, and dinos and humans live together in present day. It sounds wild and the idea was allegedly hatched by Peterson himself. But today the LA Times has confirmed the whispers that Peterson has been asked to exit the project this summer due to a number of unmade creative choices. This was Peterson's first solo directing project, so it's sad that he won't be able to see it through. But with Pixar's track record, maybe that isn't such a terrible thing?
Co-director Peter Sohn will not be replacing Peterson; instead, the studio is looking for a replacement. Again, this is not new for Pixar — just recently Mark Andrews replaced Brenda Chapman on Brave. Peterson should be well aware of the sudden Pixar changes, as he co-directed Up and worked on Toy Story. Fingers crossed the shuffle doesn't disrupt the dino-awesomeness we are expecting.
The Good Dinosaur will be released in theaters on May 30th, 2014.