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Andrew Stanton to direct Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' sequel

Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Stanton is heading back to animation, signing on to direct a sequel to Pixar's "Finding Nemo," the 2003 modern classic he co-directed.

Victoria Strouse, who wrote the 2008 Black List script "The Apostles of Infinite Love," is writing the script and Lindsey Collins is producing. A 2016 release date is being eyed.

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The move could be perceived as a return to a safer ground after the disastrous results of "John Carter," Stanton's big live-action debut. The movie's performance forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. And while the filmmaker may still harbor live-action dreams, "Nemo 2" will effectively take up almost all of his time for the next four years or so.

The move is also a safe one by Pixar, the company that once was praised for cranking out original film after original film, but now seems to be returning to the same well more and more.

The "Toy Story" sequels were considered exceptions to the rules but "Cars 2" was seen as a pure commercial play, even by Pixar's own animators, who weren't happy to work on it.

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In the midst of a sequel to "Monsters Inc." and a sequel to Nemo -- which won the Oscar for best animated picture, garnered several others and elevated the company and the animation genre -- the company is sure to be greeted by some scorn and skepticism by Pixar and animation fans.

"Nemo" is considered one of the jewels in the treasure chest and will only raise questions whether sequels to "Wall-E" (directed by Stanton) and "Up" are far behind.

Jul 18, 2012 8:16AM
John Carter was a good film though.  Just not enough people went to see it to know (it was good).
Jul 18, 2012 8:31AM
Finding Nemo 2?  Why?  Has Pixar/Disney run out of ideas already?
Jul 18, 2012 8:31AM

The Real Slim K

You want to know why at least some people did not go to see John Carter?  It was clear from the trailer that the crew had thrown the original books out the window and kept the names and the settings.  There are no aliens attacking Mars in the books.  I realize there is a difference between the written medium and the visual medium and I tolerate (and sometimes praise) the changes in pacing/dialog, etc. that happen when a book is made into a movie.  However, when they completely ignore most of the original book and add unnecessary elements (like the aliens) we draw the line and stay home.  For fun we might watch it on the SyFy channel 5 to 10 years from now.  Now if you buy the rights to a book and throw out most of it, but then make a spoof of the genre you might have a success (the original Casino Royale).

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