Add another mystery Pixar project to the pile. Derek Connolly, the writer of the indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, has been revealed to be writing a mystery Pixar script for Teddy Newton, the director of the Oscar-nominated short film Day & Night, which played before Toy Story 3.

We know Pixar has at least four films at different stages of development, none of which are this project. There’s 2013′s Monsters University, 2014′s The Good Dinosaur, 2015′s Untitled Pete Docter Brain movie and the undated Lee Unkrich Day of the Dead movie. It’s also widely known, but unconfirmed from the studio, that Andrew Stanton is working on Finding Nemo 2, and a recent Disney press release dated an untitled Pixar film for November 2015. Timing-wise, that’s unlikely to be Connolly’s film; more likely it is Unkrich’s or something else.

Regardless, we now know of a new Pixar film in the works. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Over the past couple weeks, Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow landed at the center of the Star Wars Episode VII rumor mill. The reason for his pole position is simple: Trevorrow made the mistake of talking about working on a new version of a Disney project that has a big fan cachet. So as soon as Disney bought LucasFilm and the new Star Wars films were announced, people started to connect the dots. They did so wrongly, and Trevorrow said this week that Star Wars is not in his future.

Now we know what is: a new version of the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator, in which a young boy disappears, only to return home eight years later, without appearing to have aged at all. Read More »

Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow had a pretty great idea for a script: take a wacky real-life classified ad, one looking for a time-travel partner, and expand it into a strange comedy. The result is Trevorrow’s film Safety Not Guaranteed, which wowed Pete at Sundance and was quickly picked up for distribution.

Watching this first trailer for the film, I can see why Pete responded so well to the project. Aubrey Plaza looks great as one of two magazine interns an editor (Jake Johnson) takes along to track down and interview the guy (Mark Duplass) who placed the ad. The trailer makes the film out to be living right in the sweet spot between warm and weird comedy, and while I get the idea that this shows me quite a lot, I still want to see the full film. Read More »

Funny folks Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub have signed on for Safety Not Guaranteed, which will also star Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Jenica Bergere (Rat Race), Jake Johnson (No Strings Attached), Mark Duplass, and newcomer Karan Soni. The comedy centers around “three magazine employees sent to investigate a classified ad from a man seeking a partner for time travel” and is based on an actual ad that was once featured on the Jay Leno Show.

Safety Not Guaranteed will be the first feature by Colin Trevorrow, who is directing from Derek Connolly‘s original screenplay. Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) and Duplass Brothers Productions (The Puffy Chair) are producing, which should probably give you some hint as to what kind of humor and general vibe we can expect. The film is currently shooting in Seattle. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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