After much speculation, we now have confirmation from Pixar that Peter Sohn will take over the directing reins for The Good Dinosaur, set for a theatrical release on November 25, 2015. Just over a year ago, we learned that The Good Dinosaur lead director Bob Peterson would be stepping off the project as the film had concerns with the story. Peter Sohn, the film’s co-Director (at the time) was a natural fit to step in as the new lead director, but Pixar was mum on assigning the role officially until everything was sorted out with the story. (In fact, Pixar management brought in a power-team of veteran directors and storytellers to work out the kinks before announcing the role.)
After the film’s delay, fans have been eagerly awaiting news and in August of this year, we learned that the film underwent a substantial story change as stated by John Lithgow, the voice of Poppa Dinosaur. This was the first breath of fresh air that The Good Dinosaur was firing on all cylinders again. The Good Dinosaur will be Sohns’ feature film directorial debut, though he previously dazzled audiences with his artistry and storytelling in the heartwarming short that he both wrote and directed, Partly Cloudy.
In the video below, Pixar officially broke the news on Twitter as Peter sketches Arlo, the film’s main character.
In the background of the video, you’ll also notice Spot, another one of the film’s main characters. This artwork has our mind wondering if perhaps Spot will continue to be in the rewrite of the film and what role he may play. What are your thoughts on today’s news as well as Spot’s appearance in the background of the video?