It has almost been three years since Big Hero 6. While rumors and speculations about a sequel are rife on the Internet, Disney is yet to share a solid update about Big Hero 7. Recently, Roy Conli explained why.
Big Hero 7 On Pause?
Big Hero 6 was a massive hit. The animated movie grossed over $600 million at the global box office when it ended its theatrical run then. A few months later, it topped the home video sales. These numbers pretty much guarantee a sequel but, instead of announcing a new movie, the studio greenlighted a television series following the young heroes of San Fransokyo.
The new animated series developed by Kim Possible creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley starred the original movie cast which includes Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Scott Adsit and Alan Tudyk. The series will premiere this fall and it has already been renewed for Season 2 on Disney XD.
What about the anticipated movie sequel? While Disney has not ruled out Big Hero 7, development of the movie has come to a halt.
According to Conli, a producer of the first movie said the negotiations about the sequel is still “up in the air.”
“Chris Williams and Don Hall, my two directors, we’ve talked about it, but we just don’t know,” he revealed to Screen Rant. Conli, Williams and Hall have all boarded separate projects after they have finished promoting Big Hero 6. Conli, for example, is currently promoting his nature documentary Born in China. Williams and Hall have directed Moana and made a short movie called Gone Fishing which was included as a bonus feature in the animated movie’s Blu-Ray release.
But the reason why the sequel has not been in development just yet is because the first movie was so good. Conli admitted that if Big Hero 7 gets made, they wanted it to be as equally good, if not surpass, Big Hero 6. “You know, we want to make sure that if we do move in that direction that we are actually telling a story that is as strong as the original.”
Tadashi As A Villain?
One other thing that he addressed during the interview is the rumors that Tadashi (Daniel Henney) will be back. To recall, the character was killed in Big Hero 6 after an attack by a masked villain who was later revealed to be Prof. Roberth Callaghan. He supposedly died saving people from a burning building, but he was not able to escape. Many believe that he will be resurrected (or perhaps was not really dead at all) in the sequel. Moreover, many think that he will be the big bad of the planned Big Hero 7.
However, that is not the case. As the producer mentioned, the anticipated sequel is still under negotiation and, from the looks of it, a story has not been developed. So the claims that Tadashi, Hiro’s (Potter) big brother, will be the bad guy is unsubstantiated.
“That’s a rumor by the way,” Conli simply said. But bringing Tadashi back, even in flashbacks, might not be too far off. The producer also agreed that Tadashi is “a great character.” Hopefully, if the Big Hero 6 sequel gets made at Disney, Conli and the people behind the movie can find a way to bring him back.
Big Hero 6 also starred T.J. Miller, Damon Wayns Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and Stan Lee. The movie was written by Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson based on the comic book series of the same title published by Marvel. The first season of the television adaptation is expected to premiere later this year on Disney XD.
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