Andrew Stanton’s live action directing debut, John Carter, didn’t work out all that well when it was released earlier this year, but he’s won two Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo so he’ll always have an open door at Pixar.
Returning to animation would be a wise move for the director, and it looks like he agrees as according to Deadline he’s signed on to direct Finding Nemo 2.
The original was released in 2003 and made over $850 million at the worldwide box office. With those numbers one would expect a sequel to be a priority, but at the time Pixar were happy to keep a stand-alone. Lately they’ve been a bit sequel-happy (Cars 2, Monsters University), so a sequel to one of their most successfully features was only a matter of time now that Stanton “has a concept the studio loves”.
Finding Nemo 3D will be released in September. Are you interested in seeing a Finding Nemo follow-up?