The Good Dinosaur had a strong showing at this year’s D23 Expo, but there was one noticeable absence: Bob Peterson, the director of the film, didn’t speak about the film at all. It could be that he simply wasn’t available, but Blue Sky Disney (via /Film) is reporting otherwise; the director (as well as producer John Walker) may have been kicked off of the project following story problems.
Directorial changes have become an increasingly common trend for the studio; Cars 2 and Brave both had highly publicized shifts, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the same is happening to The Good Dinosaur. Whether this will affect the film’s release date has yet to be seen.
Whatever happens, it’ll be disappointing if Peterson is replaced; he’s been a longtime member of the Pixar team, proving himself as a versatile story artist, writer/director, and voice actor. A major directorial shift this close to release will drastically impact the movie, for better or for worse. If the rumors are true, expect an official statement in the near future.