Pixar’s Pete Docter opens up on the possibility of making a live-action remake of Ratatouille

Docter said that making a live-action film about a rat "would be tough"
Pixar’s Pete Docter opens up on the possibility of making a live-action remake of Ratatouille

Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios, has dismissed rumours of a live-action remake of the studio's critically-acclaimed comedy drama Ratatouille.

In a new interview with TIME, he said, "This might bite me in the butt for saying it, but it sort of bothers me. I like making movies that are original and unique to themselves. To remake it, it’s not very interesting to me personally."

He responded to whether he had seen the online trend of campaigning for Josh O'Connor, who has always spoken about his love for the film and wished to play the character Alfredo Linguini in a possible live-action remake.

Docter said that making a live-action film about a rat "would be tough" and added, "So much of what we create only works because of the rules of the [animated] world." He also noted that it would be difficult to make a "live-action rat cute."

Speaking about other movies in Pixar and its real-life relatability, he added, "If you have a human walk into a house that floats, your mind goes, ‘Wait a second. Hold on. Houses are super heavy. How are balloons lifting the house? But if you have a cartoon guy and he stands there in the house, you go, ‘Okay, I’ll buy it.’ The worlds that we’ve built just don’t translate very easily."

Up next, the studio is all set to welcome the much-awaited Inside Out 2, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2015 film. Doctor wrote and directed the original while Kelsey Mann helmed the second part. "If this doesn’t do well at the theater, I think it just means we’re going to have to think even more radically about how we run our business," he said, pointing out that Pixar’s last two releases, Lightyear and Elemental, underperformed at the box office.

Inside Out 2, which is scheduled to hit theatres on June 14, features a star-studded voice cast that includes Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Diane Lane, Paul Walter Hauser, Liza Lapira, June Squibb and Kyle MacLachlan.

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