You’ll hear him during this 25-minute interview on WGBZ radio in Alton about the military school, plus Route 66 and his role in the movie “Cars.”
But about the 22-minute mark, you’ll hear him drop a pretty big nugget of news — that Disney-Pixar will make a “Cars 3” film that goes back to Route 66 and includes Route 99, a historically significant highway in California.
This isn’t idle speculation by Wallis. He’d hinted before about a second “Cars” sequel. And the fact he’s Route 66 consultant for the “Cars” franchise in addition to holding the Sheriff of Radiator Springs role (seen above) gave his hint more credibility.
But instead of hinting, Wallis came right out and said there would be a “Cars 3,” despite the lack of direct confirmation by the studio.
The first “Cars,” released in 2006, grossed more than $460 million worldwide. That’s impressive enough, but the film spawned more than $5 billion (with a “b”) in merchandising sales — by far the most at Pixar. “Cars 2,” released in 2011, wasn’t as well-received (even Wallis acknowledged he didn’t like it that much during the interview) but it grossed more than $550 million.
“Cars” depicted the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, based on many real-life people, towns, and landmarks on Route 66.