Ever since Finding Nemo made its way into theaters, Ellen Degeneres, voice of scene-stealer Dory in the film, has made it quite clear that she would like Pixar to make a sequel. She may get her wish, as last month it was reported that the animation powerhouse had started exploring a follow-up after director Andrew Stanton came up with a great idea. While that remains unconfirmed by both Pixar and Disney, another report has emerged that claims Degeneres is in talks to reprise her role as the blue fish.
The Hollywood Reporter (which cites no sources) reported late last night that the daytime talk show host is “in negotiations” to return for a follow-up to the smash hit which until Toy Story 3 was Pixar’s highest grosser at the box office. If the story is true, I see no challenge in getting Ellen back, considering her many calls for a sequel.
What remains to be seen is whether Finding Nemo 2 would be a sequel or a prequel (a la Monsters University). However, while Monsters, Inc. had a perfect ending in the sense that the audience was given the task of imagining up its own conclusion, the Finding Nemo simply had a happy finish. This makes it a bit easier not to tread on the toes of the original film, whether the next film is a prequel or a sequel.
While all of this is still unconfirmed, the film would be on track for a release no earlier than 2016.
What are your thoughts on a possible Finding Nemo 2? Yay or nay?