Andrew Stanton is Returning to Pixar for a 'Finding Nemo' Sequel
Coming to theaters this September is Pixar's Finding Nemo re-rendered in Disney Digital 3D, and it looks like it will be a wonderful experience. With that on the horizon, we have other big news from Disney/Pixar this morning. Word from Deadline is that a long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo is now being developed at Pixar, and that Andrew Stanton, who directed the original Finding Nemo as well as Wall-E, is returning to direct it before he goes on to another live-action project. Not many details are known beyond that, but they assure us "the studio is working on it." It looks like we're going to see a Finding Nemo sequel after all.
For many years, Pixar was known as the studio who wouldn't make sequels, sticking with original ideas (give or take Toy Story 2). But under Disney, they've been cooking up quite a few of them recently, between Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011) and Monsters University (a prequel) coming up next (2013). Deadline's report only states: "I've been hearing for months that he would come aboard to direct the sequel to Disney-based Pixar's Finding Nemo, with the idea that Disney would give him another shot behind the camera on a live action film." He makes them a hit sequel, they'll let him make his next live-action film. But as for specific details, we don't know anything else, besides that it's apparently in the works, but not even official yet. "I'm hearing that nothing is firm but that the studio is working on it." We'll keep a close eye on things from here.
Out of all of Pixar's movies, Finding Nemo is one of the only other ones I honestly wouldn't mind seeing a sequel for. The others I would give a pass to are Monsters Inc. (already getting its follow-up) and of course The Incredibles. But on that side, it seems like Brad Bird is doing a bit better than Andrew Stanton, considering he was just signed for Damon Lindelof's 1952 project and we all know what happened with John Carter. We'll watch for updates, but I wouldn't expect to see this sequel until 2015 anyway. Sound good?