Pixar is delving back into the world of Finding Nemo. The hit film is getting a sequel and original director Andrew Stanton is set to return. This will be his first gig since the box office bomb John Carter.
Pixar is producing a sequel to one of their most successful films — Finding Nemo. In 2004, it earned the studio an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Nemo was directed by Andrew Stanton, who’s in talks to return for another sea-set adventure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nemo 2 will be Stanton’s shot at redemption following the commericial flop John Carter. Carter was his first venture into the live-action world, which bombed at the box office leaving Disney with a $200 million write-down.
Thankfully, the director’s returning to more familiar territory. The first Finding Nemo opened in 2003 and starred Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould (from Showtime’s Weeds). It went on to gross over $867 million worldwide. Stanton co-directed the film with Lee Unkrich, who’s best known for his work on the Toy Story trilogy.
In the past, Pixar was famous for its heartfelt and original animated films. But as of late, they’ve invested in a few follow-ups. In recent years we’ve seen Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and their currently working on a sequel to Monsters, Inc.
As fans of Finding Nemo, we’re not sure if the story warrants a sequel. The original was pretty self-contained. We wonder what Pixar has in mind for this fish family? The new script will be written by Victoria Strouse, and the film is expected to hit theaters in 2016.