Confirmed - Directing Role For The Good Dinosaur Has Changed - Bob Peterson Already Working on Next Pixar Project

UPDATED: August 31, 2013 - Bob Peterson opens up and gives a little more insight on his feelings regarding The Good Dinosaur via Twitter.  From the tweet we are thrilled to hear he is in good spirits and forging ahead to work on future projects as well as he has eased our minds about his future with Pixar. We wish nothing but the best for him!

Earlier this week, we noted that rumors had been swirling regarding Bob Peterson no longer being part of the production team on Pixar's upcoming, The Good Dinosaur. Today, we can report that the rumor has been confirmed as Ed Catmull, Pixar's President and co-founder, spoke to in a recent conversation with the LA Times (via /Film). Details were discussed regarding the intermittent Directors (yes, plural), Producer change, timing of the film's release as well as Peterson's employment status with Pixar.

Ed Catmull image © Pixar Animation Studios

"All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week. "Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process."
The next logical question that comes up is who will be taking over for Peterson? Will the movie fall to Peter Sohn since he has been the co-Director since the beginning of the film? Luckily, Catmull addressed that fact as well in the article,
Until a new director is named, Pixar is relying on a team of people to shepherd various sections of the movie, due in theaters in nine months. That group includes Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich, "Brave" director Mark Andrews and the film's original co-director Peter Sohn (at Pixar, a co-director plays a deputy role to the director).
As we also discussed earlier this week, Denise Ream is now the official Producer for The Good Dinosaur (as noted from her D23 Expo appearance). John Walker, the film's previous Producer has left and is now concentrating on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland film.

Peter Sohn, John Lasseter and Denise Ream on stage
at the D23 Expo @ Disney•Pixar

What we were most concerned about when hearing this rumor was the potential of Bob Peterson's exit from Pixar, as he is a studio legend and jack-of-all-trades. Jim Morris (General Manager and Vice President of Production) did put our minds at rest by mentioning that Peterson is still employed at Pixar and is actually already directing another project in development.

Finally, Ed Catmull also mentioned that the timeline for the films release is still on track at this point with no major story changes at hand.
As of now, the release date for "The Good Dinosaur" is unchanged and the movie is proceeding on its production schedule, according to Catmull. "We've been around long enough to know it will never be smooth," Catmull said. "But getting this process smooth is not our goal; our goal is to make the movie great." 
From our personal perspective, one item that has rung through loud and clear is that this news seems to be affecting fans more than any other directing change we've seen in the past. This is most likely because Peterson is so well loved within the Pixar fan community - as evidenced by the feedback that has been pouring in after the rumor was announced. Business decisions are never easy, especially when it involves someone that is so loved in Pixar's long and storied history. Let's remember that we're only looking in from the outside and we're sure this decision wasn't easy for Pixar's management team either.

What are your thoughts - can Pixar meet the existing release date? Leave a comment below or continue the conversation in the Pixar Post Forum and chat about the change overall, or who you would like to see take the lead directing role.

Related Articles:
- The Good Dinosaur sneak peek from the 2013 D23 Expo
- Details regarding Party Central - short film showing alongside The Good Dinosaur in theaters
- Thomas Newman to score The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie



A Bug's Life,3,Aaron Hartline,2,Adrian Molina,3,Alan Barillaro,7,Albert Lozano,1,Alex Mandel,1,Andrea Warren,2,Andrew Gordon,3,Andrew Stanton,47,Angelique Reisch,3,Angus MacLane,32,App Review,6,Art,33,Art of Animation Resort,5,Artists Help Japan,8,Austin Madison,4,Awards,51,Beth Sullivan,1,Bing Bong,2,Blu-Ray,40,Bob Peterson,17,Bob Whitehill,2,Bobby Podesta,1,Book Review,43,Brad Bird,13,Brave,142,BREAKING News,34,Brian Fee,4,Buzz Lightyear,10,Car Toons,2,Cars,63,Cars 2,17,Cars 3,14,Cars Land,34,Cars Toons,11,Chris Chua,1,Chris Sasaki,1,Christine Freeman,1,Coco,16,Contest,11,Craig Foster,1,Custom Pixar Gear,6,D23,23,Dan Scanlon,67,Daniel Arriaga,2,Danielle Feinberg,4,Darla Anderson,4,Dave Mullins,1,Deleted Scene,2,Denise Ream,5,Dia de los Muertos,7,Dice Tsutsumi,7,Die Cast Cars,21,Director's Commentary,9,Disney California Adventure,25,Disney Cruise,3,Disney Infinity,43,Disney Infinity 2.0,6,Disney Infinity 3.0,15,Disney Infinity Next,1,Disney Interactive,1,Disney Movies Anywhere,4,Disney World,24,Disneyland,18,Disneyland Paris,8,Easter Eggs,32,Ed Catmull,26,Enrico Casarosa,20,Erik Smitt,1,Everett Downing,1,Exclusive,11,Fan Art,30,Finding Dory,88,Finding Nemo,23,Forum,3,Fun Facts,4,Galyn Susman,6,Giveaway,3,Google Hangout,2,Hawaiian Vacation,2,Hidden Items,2,Imagineering,3,Inside Out,147,Interview,25,James Ford Murphy,12,Jamie Roe,1,Jason Deamer,1,Jason Johnston,2,Jay Ward,5,Jeff Danna,2,Jerome Ranft,1,Jim Capobianco,3,Jim Morris,3,John Lasseter,56,Jon Reisch,1,Jonas Rivera,25,Jonathan Pytko,2,Josh Cooley,17,Juliet Roth,1,Kelsey Mann,12,Kevin O'Hara,1,Knick Knack,2,Kori Rae,13,La Luna,18,Laura Meyer,2,Lava,18,Lee Unkrich,22,Lighting McQueen,8,Lindsey Collins,6,Lou,1,Luxo Jr.,2,Mahyar Abousaeedi,1,Marc Greenberg,1,Marc Sondheimer,1,Mark Andrews,36,Mark Walsh,34,Matt Jones,3,Matthew Luhn,2,Merida,13,Michael B. Johnson,2,Michael Giacchino,15,Michal Makarewicz,6,Mike Venturini,1,Monsters Inc,40,Monsters University,173,Motorama,2,Movie Review,12,Mychael Danna,4,Newt,1,Party Central,11,Partysaurus Rex,45,Patrick Lin,2,Paul Abadilla,7,Pete Docter,98,Peter Sohn,32,Piper,9,Pixar Animation Studios,78,Pixar Archives,2,Pixar Canada,14,Pixar Concept Art,29,Pixar In A Box,1,Pixar Minute,4,Pixar Pipeline Project,8,Pixar Post Book Club,12,Pixar Post Record,1,Pixar Shorts,104,Pixar Studio Story,2,Pixar Toys,41,Pizza Planet Truck,1,Podcast,52,Presto,1,Products,174,Products - A Bug's Life,6,Products - Brave,29,Products - Cars,20,Products - Cars 2,7,Products - Finding Dory,8,Products - Finding Nemo,5,Products - Inside Out,14,Products - Monsters Inc,15,Products - Monsters University,22,Products - Ratatouille,6,Products - Shorts & TV Specials,45,Products - The Good Dinosaur,7,Products - The Incredibles,7,Products - Toy Story,19,Products - Toy Story 2,5,Products - Toy Story 3,3,Products - Up,7,Products - WALL-E,7,Radiator Springs,7,Ralph Eggleston,5,Randy Newman,4,Ratatouille,20,RenderMan,4,Review,12,Ricky Nierva,4,Riley's First Date,5,Rob Thompson,1,Robert Kondo,5,Ronnie Del Carmen,6,Sandra Karpman,1,Sanjay Patel,12,Sanjay's Super Team,17,Saschka Unseld,30,Sharon Calahan,4,Shawn Krause,1,Small Fry,3,Soundtrack,36,Steve Jobs,5,Steve Purcell,18,Store - Amazon,42,Store - App Store,9,Store - Best Buy,1,Store - Disney Store,25,Store - eBay,5,Store - Hallmark,1,Store - iTunes,41,Store - Target,9,Store - Toys R Us,1,Tales From Radiator Springs,4,Teddy Newton,2,The Blue Umbrella,39,The Good Dinosaur,93,The Incredibles,15,The Incredibles 2,12,Thomas Newman,3,To Protect and Serve,4,Tony DeRose,1,Tony Fucile,1,Toy Review,18,Toy Story,75,Toy Story 3,2,Toy Story 4,20,Toy Story of Terror,37,Toy Story That Time Forgot,24,Trailer,83,Type - Books,6,Type - Clothing,2,Type - Collectibles,17,Type - Holiday,2,Type - Pins,1,Type - Plush,6,Type - Toys,15,UP,13,VanArts,5,Victor Navone,1,Video Games,44,Vinylmation,9,Wall-e,17,
Pixar Post: Confirmed - Directing Role For The Good Dinosaur Has Changed - Bob Peterson Already Working on Next Pixar Project
Confirmed - Directing Role For The Good Dinosaur Has Changed - Bob Peterson Already Working on Next Pixar Project
Pixar Post
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy