Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is one of the foremost experts on The Shining, so his bona fides as an aficionado of the sinister and mysterious are without question.
What remains in question, however, is how this will shape his newly announced project for Pixar, a 2015 film set around the Mexican holiday honoring the dead, tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos.
Colorful painted skulls (like the kind pictured here) are a hallmark of that celebration, and featured prominently in the title art Disney animation chief John Lasseter presented while announcing the film Tuesday. But it’s unknown whether those will remain just decoration, or perhaps turn out to be the characters themselves.
No other details were released about that project, except that it was an original story not based on any previous source material.
While revealing the existence of Dia de los Muertos at CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas convention for theater owners, Lasseter also dropped hints about a few other movies in the Pixar pipeline, including revealing a trailer for Monsters University, and giving release dates to two other projects still in the early stages …