Although Cars 2 represented a low point for the venerable Pixar, Disney announced a few years ago that a spinoff titled Planes
was in the works.
Though the film was originally set as a straight-to-DVD film, some ideas started surfacing this past summer that Disney was considering releasing the made-for–video film to movie theaters instead.
Therefore, the studio has set an August 9th, 2013, theatrical release for Planes. Not to be mistaken, the movie doesn’t come from Walt Disney Animation Studios, but instead, it hails from DisneyToon Studios (Secret of the Wings).
That date puts Planes opposite the Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston drug-smuggling road-trip comedy We’re the Millers and Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi Elysium.
The film follows a crop duster called Dusty who fears heights, but wants to enter an epic around-the-world air race. Jon Cryer was originally cast to voice the lead, but is reportedly no longer involved and the project is now seeking a new actor.
So it will be interesting to see if the theatrical release affects the sequel, which is already in development, tentatively titled Planes 2: Fire and Rescue.