Andrew Stanton to Direct FINDING NEMO 2; May Direct Another Live-Action Feature for Disney

     July 17, 2012


Writer/director Andrew Stanton has been behind some of the very best films in Pixar’s repertoire (and that’s saying something).  He co-wrote Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Monsters Inc., and he wrote and directed the magnificent one-two punch of Finding Nemo and Wall-E.  Stanton made his live-action debut earlier this year with the criminally underseen sci-fi epic John Carter, and now it looks like he’ll be returning to Pixar for his next feature, Finding Nemo 2.  Hit the jump for more.

finding-nemo-2-sequel-imagePer Deadline, Stanton has now officially come onboard to direct Finding Nemo 2 with a concept that the studio apparently loves.  THR adds that Victoria Krouse is writing the screenplay, with Lindsey Collins onboard as the film’s producer (she co-produced Wall-E and produced John Carter).  A 2016 release date is apparently being eyed.  We’ve been hearing rumblings of a possible Finding Nemo follow-up for a while now, and with promising Monsters Inc. sequel coming next year, hopefully Stanton has an equally exciting idea of where to take the Finding Nemo characters in a follow-up.  It’s worth noting that Finding Nemo remains Pixar’s second highest grossing film of all time, so the Mouse House is likely more than happy to have a sequel in active development.

andrew-stanton-finding-nemo-2-sequelMoreover, Deadline reports that the idea behind Stanton helming Finding Nemo 2 is that Disney would “give him another shot” at directing a live-action film.  Since development on Pixar films takes years, he’d presumably focus on Finding Nemo 2 for the time being, then move on to his next live-action feature once he’s finished with the animated pic.  The report cautions that nothing is firm on the live-action front, but the studio is “working on it.”

Though John Carter has become infamous as a financial failure, artistically speaking the film was far from a bomb.  Stanton poured his heart and soul into bringing the Edgar Rice Burroughs tale to the screen, and his passion for the material came through in spades.  Furthermore, John Carter is a visual spectacle that was a wonder to behold on the big screen.

It’s a shame that more people didn’t turn out for the film, and it’s even more of a shame that it sounds like we’ll never see those two John Carter sequels that Stanton and co-writer Michael Chabon were hoping to make should the first film be a success.  Finding Nemo 2 isn’t exactly a terrible consolation prize, and with Stanton taking the creative helm on the pic we can rest assured that we’ll be getting a story well worth telling.  In the meantime, fans will have the chance to check out the first Finding Nemo on the big screen once again, as the pic hits theaters in 3D on September 14th.  As a refresher, check out the slate of upcoming Pixar projects (that we know of) below:



  • Vickthur

    Where is Incredibles 2.

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  • xtheory

    Pixar’s jumped the shark.

    Too many sequels, not enough new and original ideas.

    Cars 3 around the corner I suspect.

    • Teinen

      Three out of the next four movies are original concepts. Cars 2 was a merchandising ploy to sell more Cars, but Toy Story 3 is arguably the best Pixar movie yet. Brave wasn’t excellent either.

  • Colin Biggs

    Brad Bird is very, very busy.

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  • smith

    what happened to the pixar that made new and original movies? now it seems that dreamworks is beating them

  • Zack

    John Carter was visually stunning to say the least, but the movie itself was mediocre at best. It was corny, predictable and the dialogue was god-awful.

    • george

      I totally agree, John Carter was laughably bad in the script department and the editing felt very choppy, jumping around and not making much sense. The trailers were terrible for the movie and it turned out they matched the movie’s quality perfectly.

  • Singularity

    Finding Nemo… AGAIN!!!

  • Farzan

    Wow, what’s up with Pixar and sequels/prequels as of late. It’s like they saw how much money Toy Story 3 made and have now lost all their original creative back bones to stick to easy money material.

    Also they just keep giving us sequels/prequels to movies NOBODY wants (Monster’s Inc, Finding Nemo) instead of the one we all actually want like Incredibles 2.

    • Scott

      Hey speak for yourself about sequels no one wants. Finding Nemo 2 will make around a billion dollars worldwide, guarranteed. I want an incredibles 2 as much as the next person but to act like no one wants a Finding Nemo 2 is ridiculous. People want a Toy Story 4 as well and I can’t wait for the new Monsters Inc film. They released an original film this year and have three more in the works. So it’s not like all they do is sequels. And toy story 2 and 3 were great.

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  • JPA

    I haven’t watched Brave yet,but I hope Pixar makes another original movie after Monsters University. Two sequels/prequels in a row would just prove the fall in creativity that people are starting to suspect.

    If they are going to release another sequel,it should be Incredibles 2,that would be plain awesome.

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  • george

    They can’t call it Finding Nemo 2.. I mean he was already found haha so where could they possibly take this movie after that? Sounds like another Cars 2 in the making to me…
    In my opinion, as with many others, the only Pixar film other than Toy Story that NEEDS a sequel would be the Incredibles..

  • Mike Hafezi

    I am disappointed in all of you for bad-mouthing Pixar just because they seem to be going downhill with these sequels. There might actually be a good story in a sequel to “Finding Nemo”, whether you like it or not. I’ll admit that as good as “Brave” looks, it was pretty dark for my taste, and I eventually warmed up to “Cars 2″ after some initial doubts, but just because you like a film company or filmmaker, it doesn’t mean you have to like everything they do. In any case, don’t knock “Finding Nemo 2″ for another few years.

  • AlexHeyNa

    Finding Nemo 2??? F*ck yes! I’ve been asking for this for nine years!

  • Bakes

    NO NO NO NO!!! Please dont let this happen! The story was BEAUTIFUL and it’s over. Please don’t ruin it!

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  • Chris Etrata

    To be honest, I am skeptical over the idea of Finding Nemo 2. Finding Nemo doesn’t lend itself to a sequel other than Finding Dory, Finding Marlin, or Finding Nemo Again. Even Stanton himself said he was reluctant to do this. It’s just made for the purpose of getting Stanton out of director jail and back into work. I know it’s pixar but the main motivation, unlike other Pixar films (even Cars 2 which I liked), isn’t for plot.

  • Chris Etrata

    I hate to be rude to Pixar but how many of you think that Finding Nemo 2 is a bad idea? It would just be Finding Marlin, Finding Dory, or Finding Nemo Again. Stanton said he was reluctant to do this but then decided to because there was no project available after the Carter Disaster.

  • Evan

    Wow. PIXAR has made great films in the past. Now they are doing sequels to all their existing movies.

    For shame Pixar, for shame.

  • Albert

    People are forgetting the fact that Pixar made 2 commercially and critically succesful sequels of Toy Story. So why on earth would a Nemo sequel be a bad idea? And with Andrew Stanton directing? Please, there’s nothing about this news that sounds like a bad idea.

    And if you worry about the name, please just wait until they finish the movie. Pixar is not that stupid to end up calling the movie Finding Nemo 2 if it’s not about finding nemo again.

    Pixar is in their whole right to make as many sequels as they want because even the sequels are originals already in terms of plot.

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  • Aidan Williams

    This is so exciting i,ve been waiting for this for years and i’m sure Ellen De Generes is up for it and Alexander Gould.

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  • Hunter

    Nooo Finding Nemo is one of my favorite animated films and I think it should be left alone. On the other hand I do agree with everyone that an Incredibles sequel should be made since a movie about super heroes is more sequel friendly than a fish getting lost. I love Finding Nemo and the story, but that only needs to be told once.

  • Tim

    This is awesome news. I love Finding Nemo and Monster Inc.

    I also have zero interest in The Incredibles or a sequel. Snoozefest.

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  • Waxed wookiee

    You all seem to have underestimated Pixar. How do you know it will be about “FINDING” Nemo? It may have a completely different angle and just be starring Nemo. As in not telling a “Lost” story all over again.

    Monsters inc 2 is not a retread of the same thing, ie scaring/minding a lil girl. Its about how Mike n Sully became friends etc..

    Sure its nice to have some more original stories, but theyve plenty of them under their belt and will have plenty more to come, but theres nothing saying some of their beloved characters cant have other stories to tell.

    ps. I find it strange how some say, No more sequels, then follow it up with “Wheres Incredibles 2?”

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    “Didn’t you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don’t believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling”

  • Bane of Boba

    The Incredibles is about the only Pixar film that would actually make sense to make a sequel for it since the ending practically says that there COULD have been a sequel considering they had the Underminer appear at the end.

  • R8r$1984

    Wow….talk about a critic being biased–listen to the love fest for John Carter, which I thought absolutely sucked in almost every category–and the box office reflected that for once. I almost fell asleep, then thought about leaving before it was over (that would have been a first for me). Stupid, stupid movie…far from a visual spectacle, most of the film looked bland and boring.

  • Aashu

    Nooooooooo!!!!! Hell nooooooooo!! Nemo is such a beautiful film.My favourate Pixar film.It’ll be ruined now.*Turns sad*.It’s originality will be vanished.*Turns angry*.Grrr.I wish John Carter,even if being a nice but irrevelant film today,would have succeded to keep ‘sadly left out of work’ Mr.Stanton away of this mess that he’s going to make.

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  • susan

    If Albert Brooks returns I’m there. He was able to make me cry and laugh in that movie. When a cartoon character can do that it’s pretty amazing.

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  • Calin

    I’m sure the Nemo sequel will be entertaining and well-done — but I would rather have had the John Carter sequel (The Gods of Mars or the Warlord of Mars). John Carter is a great movie, far superior to other so-called blockbusters this year (the Avengers or Prometheus). I’m still hoping it can somehow find backing in the near future.

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