Andrew Stanton Returning to Direct Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2012 at 11:11 am,

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Disney-based Pixar returned to the Toy Story well for a pair of sequels, and the results were rewarding from both an artistic and financial perspective (Cars 2, by comparison, only did well in terms of box office receipts).

The computer animation studio hopes to replicate the Toy Story movies’ success with next summer’s prequel, Monsters University – and a followup to its second-highest-grossing, Oscar-winning summer smash, Finding Nemo. Moreover, Pixar stalwart Andrew Stanton has been confirmed to return as director for that sequel.

Stanton stumbled with his live-action directorial debut, John Carter, which opened to mixed reviews and failed to recoup its bloated budget (forcing the Mouse House to take a significant loss). Deadline is reporting that Stanton has been dancing around Finding Nemo 2 for several months, and has now officially come aboard – armed with “a concept the studio loves.”

The Finding Nemo 2 situation is simple enough: so long as the computer-animated sequel does well, Stanton will get another shot at live-action directing for Disney. He’s already picked up a pair of Oscars for his work on Finding Nemo and WALL·E. Stanton was also instrumental in the creative processes on the first two Toy Story movies, A Bug’s Life, and Monster’s Inc., where he served as either a co-writer and/or co-director.

Thus, it’s fair to say that Stanton deserves that second chance (especially since John Carter deserved a better turnout, in this writer’s opinion).

Marlin Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton Returning to Direct Pixars Finding Nemo 2

Finding Nemo 2 probably isn’t the sequel that many a Screen Rant reader has been waiting for (that honor belongs to Incredibles 2, no doubt). It nonetheless seems like a Pixar project that could follow the example set by Toy Story 2 & 3 – that is to say, serve as a meaningful new chapter in the continuing story of the clownfish Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo.

On the other hand: with Monsters University, Finding Nemo 2, and possibly Toy Story 4 on the horizon, some Pixar supporters might start to worry that the studio is abandoning its commitment to original storytelling. There are also standalone Pixar products coming down the pipeline – and the followups which are starting to take shape seem worthwhile (or have potential, at least). So don’t start panicking just yet.

We’ll keep you updated on Finding Nemo 2 as the story develops.

Meanwhile, Finding Nemo will return to the big screen for a 3D theatrical re-release, beginning September 14th, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Well I guess they’re hoping to have success not just with Marvel Studios but also Pixar again so can’t blame Disney for wanting to make a sequel to such a successful movie.

    I just wonder what they could do. Nemo goes missing again?

  2. For the love of God, just make the incredibles 2 already. I think we are all itching for that one :)

    • Depends on how long it’d take to make it and how far they are in the scripting stage.

      To be honest, I never really put any thought into an Incredibles sequel until now as I type this so maybe it’d be better to put it off, make it perfect and in the meantime, anticipation is high enough to guarantee tickets?

    • @Neal

      Seriously. I loved Finding Nemo, but come on, is he going to get lost again? Incredibles 2 set itself up ripe for a sequel yet… *crickets chirp*

      Doesn’t make any sense to me…

    • Brad Bird has said stated that the only way we’ll ever get a sequel to The Incredible is if he comes up with an idea that he absolutely loves. Let’s hope those brillant brain cells of his start popping soon lol :)

  3. I’d rather want The Incredibles 2 please!

    • I agree 100 percent! Finding Nemo 2 seems just as practical as Taken 2. It just doesn’t need a sequel. The original was awesome as it was.
      The Incredibles has so much room for sequels and character development. I would really love to see a grown Violet, teenage Dash, and middle-school Jack Jack. It would be so legit.

  4. I am a bit skeptical of this. Finding Nemo doesn’t lend itself to a sequel. Stanton even said he was reluctant to do this, yet after John Carter bombed, there were no other projects available. While not really for money, I can’t say Finding Nemo 2 is there for plot either. It’s just a film to keep Stanton busy. Personally, I want Incredibles 2. Finding Nemo should be left alone.

  5. Disney should have the balls to stand behind what they started and what THEY screwed up.

    It’s entirely Disney’s fault that John Carter was not a success. They screwed up the advertising. They changed the title three times. They were all over the map with it. And they spent a fortune on the WRONG advertising for the film.

    Screw the poor box office. Make the darned sequel. The first one was a great film. Since buying the Bluray, I’ve watched a couple of times, and enjoy it more and more with every viewing.

    • @Mike E

      I agree with you man, John Carter was a very enjoyable movie. I can’t believe that bombed while some of these crappy films are so successful… *cough*twilight*cough*

    • Same here,JOHN CARTER was an Excellent Movie,just loved it and it really deserved better then how it was received.
      And definitively it deserves a Sequel,as the Story just can get better and bigger from where we started !

    • I agree with all points made above about John Carter.
      Very enjoyable movie.
      HORRIBLE advertising and marketing.

    • Completely agree man…
      Everyone I know who’s seen John Carter loved it.

  6. Stanton needs to redeem himself after the JC debacle (and make Disney their money back)

  7. I dont know about this. Finding Nemo was perfect imo. I used to watch it every night and morning when i was younger. Its just one of those film that doesn’t need a sequel and there is no need to potentially tarnish an amazing reputation that it has. Like one of these comments before make Incredibles 2.

  8. Personally, I’m not really a fan of FN2, but I know that it would defenitely make a lot of money. I am a Sophomore in High school and nearly all of my friends have said before they want a sequel…

  9. I usually support Pixar and whatever they do, but I’m gonna have to go against them here. Finding Nemo is perfect as it is. I’ve seen it several times and I never really felt the need for a sequel.

    If they make a Toy Story 4, they’re insane. The ending for Toy Story 3 was about as perfect as you could do it. Let it be.

  10. I hope they make some straight-to-DVD sequels to John Carter. That movie really shouldn’t have bombed. It was a very entertaining movie. I say it was really bad marketting…

  11. SR, please update this story. John Carter did cover its production budget.

    Per Box Office Mojo, it brought in $282 million worldwide, and their numbers don’t look to include China’s box office numbers. So, the total is probably closer to $300 million worldwide.

    Disney’s write down on the movie ended up being much less than the $200 million figure that they originally feared (and that kept spreading around the internet).

    And, the movie took in another $30 million in its first week on DVD. So, the movie didn’t turn out to be the humongous failure everyone likes to say it did.

    For the sake of keeping it legit, this story should be updated, on that portion.

    • @ keepin’ it real

      When I wrote JC didn’t recoup its budget, I meant just that. It’s not enough for a film to cover its (official) production budget, as the studio only gets back (at most) 70-80% of those ticket sales. Moreover, that doesn’t account for the $100 million + that Disney seemingly spent on marketing.

      You are probably correct about the $200 million loss being too high – so I just changed it a bit so it’s more general comment about the film suffering a high loss (which, by all accounts, it did).

  12. Such b.s.
    Dear Pixar, stop being lazy and come up with some original ideas!!! Cars 2 sucked, and hopefully next year’s Monsters University will be good. You’re known for making masterpieces (Toy Story 1-3, Up, Finding Nemo, Well-E), not tired old sequels that ruin the quality of the original. Ok, ok, I obviously haven’t seen Monsters University or Finding Nemo 2, but the fact that you would even make sequels (or prequels) to such great, great movies is absurd. It’s like making a Godfather 4 directed by Michael Bay, or a sequel to The Shawshank Redemption, or even a bad prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien — oh, wait. But, who knows? I could be wrong and these could be great. I used to look forward to Pixar’s movies. Now it’s just ridiculous.

    • “Dear Pixar, stop being lazy and come up with some original ideas!!!”
      You do know that they just released Brave a few weeks back? – that was an original movie…

  13. I’m actually not a fan of Finding Nemo. I saw it once and hated it, with the exception of the classic “keep swimming” scene because of Dory. So, I’m not opposed to a sequel. Either way, I’ve decided to go ahead and go with my friends who are planning to go see it in 3D as a group now :P

  14. Everyone who’s saying “Ugh Nemo is gonna get lost again? How unoriginal” How do you know that’ll be the plot? It doesn’t necessarily have to retain the “Finding Nemo” title. Just like Monster’s Inc wasnt given the Monster’s Inc 2 title.

  15. Everyone whos saying “Ugh Nemo is gonna get lost again? How unoriginal” How do you know thatll be the plot? It doesnt necessarily have to retain the “Finding Nemo” title. Just like Monsters Inc wasnt given the Monsters Inc 2 title. Complain once you see the film.

  16. Enough with the sequels Pixar!! Don’t let the scaredy-cat Disney money people force you to continue to be a studio of franchise commodities factory over original and innovative creative content!!

  17. Get this kid a leash.

  18. Pixar is slowly becoming what they opposed, to the point now that it seems they’re making decisions the way “every other animation studio” did, and used to oppose.

    Brave was the first non-sequel in years from them, and now it seems it will be several years still at the earliest before we see another original.

    And for the record, I do not share the sentiment that we need an Incredibles sequel. All of its loose ends were tied up quite nicely (and no, the Underminer doesn’t count as a loose end. He was clearly only there as a way to show how supers are once again back in business and the ban lifted. I imagine he doesn’t last long against them anyway. There’s no feature length story in that). If Brad Bird decides to make another animated film for Pixar, or for anyone, I would hope he continues to put his mind to work for original ideas.

    I have kind of seen this trend coming ever since the announcement of Toy Story 3, and all of the subsequent decisions that have been made creatively over the last several years have sadly only fueled that nascent wariness. They’ve canned at least one of their more promising original ideas (Newt) in favor of a sequel, and now it seems like every new announcement is for a sequel. Only Toy Story truly lent itself to sequels as there was much implied even in the original that there would be a day of reckoning still to be faced. None of the other stories they told ever had any thematic hold-over where you were left wondering with lingering questions.

    The thing I loved about Pixar was that none of their features, save for TS2 was a sequel. It was refreshing to have at least one studio out there that was eager to introduce us to things we didn’t know we’d love because we hadn’t been exposed to a particular idea or universe yet. That’s kind of an adventure in itself, for the audience. The excitement of not knowing.

    • @jerseycajun

      Just to be clear, I don’t think any of us are saying that Incredibles “need” a sequel in the sense that there are loose ends and we’re dying to know how they will be resolved. We are saying it “needs” one in the sense that *WE* need a sequel because the movie was so awesome and has such great potential for a sequel. So it’s really more of a want than a need, but for some of us, we want it so bad it’s pretty much a need, lol.

  19. Pixar should concentrate on new ideas theres a limit to how many times you can sequel something before it becomes cheapened by it.

    That said Finding Nemo 2 or Finding Nemo : Again… Could be like, “This time he’s really lost having been transported back in time he must find his father to make sure he is born”… Finding Nemoᵌ could be set on the international space station… Now that would be a challenge for any clown fish. Theres a whole world of possibilities.? In the spirit of not just re-hashing the same plot more than once.

    • Or they could have one where Coral comes back. Maybe she didn’t die, but she just got lost while swimming away from the barracuda.

  20. I want Incredibles 2 nothing against Finding Nemo (I LOVED the Seagulls) And I also enjoyed John Carter, I thought it was a good movie.

  21. I thik Pixar should do original ideas along with a few sequels.

  22. Part One: Finding Nemo
    Part Two: Finding Nemo Again
    Part Three: Finding Nemo Again and Again

  23. It will be great to see Nemo finding2 because I enjoyed the first part very much.

  24. Stanton after JC, better to be a small fish in a big ocean,… or something.

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  26. Wreck-It Ralph. Just sayin.

    • wait, nevermind.

  27. I personally think they should have all the movies suggested , I mean I’m so young & tv just isn’t good anymore so my childhood is basically over . but my life will be made if they make a fn2 , incredibles 2 & toy story 4

  28. I will certainly go see a “Finding Nemo” sequel — but the sequel I am most hoping for is Stanton’s “John Carter 2: The Warlord of Mars”. Stanton’s “John Carter (of Mars)” was a great action/adventure epic with outstanding special effects (in particular the Tharks and the airships). As others have mentioned in their comments — it was a great movie and will surely wind up as a long-remembered favorite as more people see it on DVD and on TV.