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Finding Nemo Sequel Confirmed?

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 2016 will see the return of one of Pixar's most popular franchises in Finding Nemo 2. The entertainment trade magazine claims Andrew Stanton, who most recently helmed the box office disappointment John Carter, will direct the sequel as he did the original Finding Nemo in 2003. Stanton is no stranger to Pixar, having contributed to the original Toy Story film and winning Academy Awards for both Wall-E and Finding Nemo.

Only a few years ago, most in the industry would have scoffed at the idea of Pixar rolling out sequel after sequel, since there was allegedly a stance at the studio that sequels were not a priority due to a desire to tell original stories. However, the studio has since released two sequels to Toy Story, one sequel to Cars and is in production on a prequel to Monsters Inc. However, it could be argued Finding Nemo is the perfect film for which to add another chapter. Not only does it rank second on Pixar's box office tally (after Toy Story 3) with a global gross of $867 million, there are Nemo-related attractions at three of the six U.S. Disney theme parks.