Look out Iron Giant and Rodney Copperbottom, there’s a new animated robot making its way to the screen with none other than Disney’s Pixar at the controls. In a recent letter to shareholders, Mouse House CEO Bob Iger mentioned that a feature titled WALL’E will follow Ratatouille in the Pixar pipeline. The toon is being directed by Finding Nemo helmer Andrew Stanton for a summer 2008 release.
While Disney is keeping a tight lid on specific details of WALL’E, it is rumored to revolve around a young robot searching for a home in outer space. Currently slated to hit theaters on June 27, 2008, the pic is being produced by former Lucasfilm Digital president Jim Morris, who joined the Pixar team in 2005.
Also on Pixar’s plate is Toy Story 3, which will likely hit screens sometime in 2009. In addition, it was reported that the studio has picked up rights to John Carter of Mars, a series of stories by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. The rights were previously at Paramount, which finally gave up on its long-gestating live-action adaptation.
Pixar’s eighth film, Ratatouille, is scheduled for release this June 29. The movie about a rat gourmand who risks his life in the pursuit of fine food in an upscale Parisian restaurant will feature the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofolo and David Schwimmer. A teaser trailer can be found at tis official site, http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/ratatouille.