Pixar CEO Pulls Out of Josh O’Connor’s ‘Ratatouille’ Remake

Well, Josh O’Connor’s dream of starring in a live-action “Ratatouille” movie has come true.

After the “Challengers” and “Knives Out 3” star expressed his desire to bring Alfredo Linguini to life on screen (“Ratatouille” is one of the few films that makes O’Connor cry), Pixar creative director Pete Docter thwarted any chance of a remake Live. And this applies not only to “Ratatouille”, but to the entire Pixar catalog.

For Pixar, live-action is a dish best served, but never.

“It might bite me in the ass for saying this, but it kind of bothers me,” Docter told Time when asked about live-action remakes. (The question came up in connection with the O’Connor-in-Ratatouille fan campaign.) “I like to make films that are original and unique. Remaking it is not very interesting to me personally.”

Plus, a live-action remake would require a talking CGI rat, which Docter said would be “difficult” to make cute.

“Most of what we create only works because of the rules of the (animated) world,” he said.

Take “Up” for example.

“So if a man walks into a floating house, his mind will say, ‘Wait a minute.’ Stick. The houses are very heavy. How do balloons lift a house? But if you have a cartoon guy standing in the house, you say, ‘OK, I’ll buy it,'” Docter added. “The worlds we’ve built just don’t translate easily.”

Instead of live-action remakes, as Disney did with “The Lion King” and “Moana,” Docter predicts Pixar will expand its film lineup with more sequels, such as the newly released “Inside Out 2.”

“It’s difficult. Everyone says, ‘Why don’t they do more original things?’ And when we do that, people don’t see it because they’re not familiar with it,” he said. “With sequels, people think, ‘Oh, I saw that.’ I know I like it. Sequels are very valuable in that respect. (We’re) trying to balance our work with more sequels.”

Of course, sequels have their own problems.

“On the other hand, they are almost more difficult than the originals because we can’t repeat the same idea. We need to build on that, hopefully in ways that people don’t expect,” Docter said. “It’s a bit cynical to say that people want to see things they know. But I think even with original stuff we try to do that too. We’re trying to find something that people will think, “Oh yeah, I’ve been through that before.” I understand that I accept this as a truth in life. And that was more difficult. (…) We’re still looking for stuff like that, but it’s getting harder and harder to find it as we’re on our 28th movie or something.”

Prequels also proved difficult – look at ‘A Light Year’.

“We spent a long time on self-analysis, but it didn’t help,” Docter admitted. “I think we overestimated the nerdiness of the audience who said, ‘Oh, that kid from the first ‘Toy Story’ bought a toy based on the movie. And this is the movie. It’s probably a few layers too deep. Because I think people ask, “Well, where’s Mr. Potato Head?” Where’s Woody?”

Docter summed up Pixar’s franchise-building model: “If Inside Out 2 doesn’t do well in the theater, I think it just means we’re going to have to think even more radically about how we run our business.”