We’re approximately a month away from Pixar’s next animated adventure hitting the big screen – Lightyear – but Monday morning the studio announced casually announced its next one.
The film will be call Elemental, and it’s set to be released one year after Lightyear hits theaters on June 16, 2023. Directed by Peter Sohn (The Good Dinosaur), the film will take place in a world where the elements fire, water, land, and air are co-exist as personified characters. While they all look different, two of this world’s resident, “a fiery young woman” named Ember and a “go-with-the-flow guy” named Wade are about to find out just how much they have in common.
In a press release put out announcing the film, the studio indicated it’s inspired by Sohn’s experience growing up in New York. “My parents emigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx,” said Sohn. “We were among many families who ventured to a new land with hopes and dreams—all of us mixing into one big salad bowl of cultures, languages and beautiful little neighborhoods. That’s what led me to Elemental.”
“Our story is based on the classic elements—fire, water, land and air,” Sohn continued. “Some elements mix with each other, and some don’t. What if these elements were alive?”
This will be Pixar’s 27th animated feature film.
No word yet on who’s been cast, or when we’ll get our first trailer, but the release did include some cool concept art which you can see below!