Voice actor Michael Wallis, who voices the the Sheriff vehicle in Pixar’s Cars franchise, says that Cars 3 is in development.
Wallis dropped the bit of info during a local radio station interview this week. Not only does he serve as one of the voice actors but he is also a Route 66 consultant for Pixar.
Speaking about the Cars franchise and how it’s blossomed from Cars to the sequel to Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure, Wallis added, “Cars 3… we’re coming back to the road. And we’re coming back to 66 into 99 – the 6s upside, that’s the road that runs through central California. I just love doing this work, and it all cross pollinates. We’ve turned a whole new generation onto old roads.”
Also in the interview Wallis says that he “didn’t particularly care for” Cars 2 because he stepped away from the Route 66 setting and went global. Nonetheless, he still sounds passionate about the franchise on a whole.
News of Cars 3 shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s seen the franchise’s box office numbers. Thanks primarily to kids, Cars grossed $244 million worldwide and Cars 2 made $191 million. The two films respectively take the eighth and twelfth spots on the list of top box office earners for Pixar, but it’s important to remember that the franchise has a slew of merchandise that’s popular with kids as well.
As for a Cars 3 release date, Wallis did not offer a time frame. Pixar has films scheduled as far out as June 2016 (Finding Dory), so a release date for Cars 3 would arrive in 2017 at the absolute earliest. Given the studio has said they plan to release sequels every other year and Dory is a sequel, we may not see the Cars threequel until 2018.
Thanks to Route66News.com who found the interview.