John Lasseter from Pixar says Lucasfilm to remain autonomous
EW conducted an interview with John Lasseter. No one really thought Pixar or Disney animation had any plans to make a Star Wars film but some fans have wondered what the boundaries of Star Wars are and if it would remain with Lucasfilm entirely. In this interview, John Lasseter comments on the the idea of new Star Wars stories and where they will remain. This is sort of a no-brainer story, but it is cool to see Lasseter commenting on Star Wars. They also dabble in the Gary Rydstrom news we got a few weeks back.
In addition to Marvel, Lucasfilm is now a Disney company. Pixar started out as the graphics division for George Lucas’ empire – now you’re together again.
Yeah, how about that. Very exciting!
I heard [Oscar-winning sound designer] Gary Rydstrom was directing an animated film for Lucasfilm, so I wondered if that project might fall under you?
No, nope. That stays under the leadership of Lucasfilm.
Do you see any potential Star Wars or Lucasfilm-related projects for Disney’s animation branches?
Not really, other than Pixar has always used Skywalker Sound for all of our productions. They’re the best so we’ll always continue using them and we’re very good friends. And we always have been with [special effects house Industrial Light and Magic] as well. But other than being friends we have never needed to do anything with them. But we’re also massive Star Wars fans so we’re all very excited, as is everybody around the world, for new Star Wars films.
Do you get to weigh in on those at all as part of the Disney brain trust?
I don’t know anything about it other than just being a fan.