Oh how the mighty have fallen. In the wake of the lukewarm reception and middling box office performance of their latest film Brave, it appears that Pixar is retreating to the safety of yet another sequel, this time for their second highest-grossing movie of all-time, Finding Nemo. Yes, prior to the release of Toy Story 3, Nemo was their most successful film, having made an astonishing $867 million worldwide. With a 3D re-release coming later this year, I’m a bit surprised that a sequel to this film wasn’t already in development. The bigger part of this story, however, is the fact that Andrew Stanton will be returning to direct.
According to Deadline, Stanton has agreed to direct the Finding Nemo sequel as part of a deal with Disney that will also allow him the chance to do another live action movie in the near future. You may remember that Stanton just made his live action directorial debut this year with John Carter, which bombed at the box office and lost a ton of money for Disney. It sounds like this compromise could be a win/win situation, assuming that the proposed Finding Nemo sequel turns out to be successful.
Supposedly Stanton came up with his own concept for the sequel and the studio loves it. Considering that he co-wrote and directed the original Finding Nemo along with Wall-E, I have confidence that this will not be another Cars 2. That being said, as much as I like Finding Nemo, I can’t say I’m dying to revisit any of the characters. Will Alexander Gould return to voice an older Nemo or will they find someone else? Will Ellen DeGeneres return as Dory? I’m curious to see how this all plays out. What do you think, are you willing to take the plunge with another Finding Nemo movie?