Andrew Stanton Confirms He Is Directing ‘Finding Nemo 2’

Earlier this year, Andrew Stanton‘s first live-action effort made its leap onto the big screen but was quickly overshadowed by unsubstantiated rumors of a bloated budget and unplanned reshoots. Stanton went on the record, combating many of the negative rumors attached to John Carter. Now that there are currently no plans for a sequel, he confirms that, in line with unconfirmed reports back in July, he is returning to Pixar to direct a follow-up to Finding Nemo.

Photo By Al Seib, Los Angeles Times

In an exclusive L.A. Times piece, Stanton explains his experience working on John Carter, including how he translated the Pixar approach to filmmaking to the live-action Disney film. Towards the end of the article, talk turns towards a Finding Nemo 2:

After “The Abyss,” Cameron returned to the film that had launched him, “The Terminator,” and made “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Similarly, Stanton’s next directing project will be a sequel to “Finding Nemo.”

“What was immediately on the list was writing a second ‘Carter’ movie,” he said. When that went away, everything slid up. I know I’ll be accused by more sarcastic people that it’s a reaction to ‘Carter’ not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit.”

You may recall that Stanton responded to the rumors in July by tweeting one should not believe everything that is published. Reports were that not only was he directing a second Nemo, but that he was doing it solely to please Disney enough to get another chance at tackling the John Carter franchise. It seems that Stanton’s tweet was just meant to deny the reported reason for his taking on the Nemo sequel, not the project itself.

So, it appears that we will see another underwater film from Andrew Stanton. Will it be a direct sequel to the first film, reuniting  characters such as Nemo and Dory that audiences all over the world fell in love with? Or will it be a decidedly different take involving fish? We will have to wait and see. Would I love to see him bring another original concept to the screen? Absolutely. However, if Stanton, director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E is working on another animated film, all I know right now is I am on board.

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  • Tony Medina

    He never exactly says its Nemo 2, but I think we can take it as that. We’ll have to wait for a OFFICIAL confirmation from Pixar. Anyways I root for Stanton till the end

  • SammyB95

    Wtf? sounds dodgy

  • Fantino

    Aww… Poor Stanton. If only he wasn’t working on Nemo 2, I’d be a restless advocate of him. I guess Disney also screwed up with John Carter for some ever-increasing creative differences.

  • Brady Gorman

    If he does it right, great, but with Cars 2 behind us and Monsters University looking, honestly, not so good, I’m genuinely concerned about them making another sequel. That said, it IS Andrew Stanton, a proven filmmaker (unlike Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews or Dan Scanlon).

  • otterprods

    Where, exactly, does Stanton CONFIRM Finding Nemo 2??? The LA Times author “confirms” it, but he’s not quoting Stanton at that point.

    • shadypotential

      did you read it? he said he’s doing it. lol

      • otterprods

        Did YOU read it? Santon hasn’t confirmed anything except that he’s NOT doing a John Carter follow-up at this time. Others have “confirmed” it for him, but not with any authority. Do I need to explain the difference between blogs & entertainment “news” and official studio announcements?

        • shadypotential

          Yes and AFTER the sequel was going to be a finding nemo 2. Now since there won’t be a John Carter sequel finding nemo 2 is next in the pipeline! He f*ckin says it in the article lol. He says

          I’ll be accused by more sarcastic people that [Finding Nemo 2 is] a reaction to Carter not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit.”