I bet none of you saw this coming. Deadline reports that to get back on Disney’s good side after the critical and commercial failure that was John Carter, Andrew Stanton is going to direct a sequel to the Pixar smash-hit, Finding Nemo. I am really, really surprised at this news. Nemo is the perfect example of a standalone story, there isn’t any room for a sequel (The Incredibles on the other hand…….).
When the news broke I shared the story around my inner circle of common people friends to see what they think of the news and what they think the plot would be, most of them liked the idea because they loved the original, but the only half-decent idea that came from them was Marlin getting lost this time and Nemo and Dory going out to find them (it’s better than “when Nemo’s grown up his son gets lost”).
The Hollywood Reporter, however, continue the story by saying that Disney/Pixar are eyeing a 2016 release and Stanton will not write it, but Victoria Strouse will instead – who’s only previous work is in TV.
The sad part of this news is the movie is only being made for two reasons: A) money. Finding Nemo is Pixar’s second highest grossing movie behind Toy Story 3 and remains one of their most critically acclaimed movies. B) Disney isn’t thinking too fondly of Stanton at the minute, and the director hopes that if the sequel is a success they’ll give him another shot at a live-action movie, although all of us at UTF will bet our hats that this won’t be John Carter 2. Do you want to see a Finding Nemo sequel, or is it unnecessary? Sound off below.