Andrew Stanton Will Direct Finding Nemo 2

The Oscar-winning director returns to Pixar after his live-action debut John Carter disappointed at the box office.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Pixar's increased interest in sequelizing its early classics continues with the just announced Finding Nemo 2. Although the Toy Story movies all managed to be major critical successes, the sequel treatment isn't a sure thing for the studio, whose Cars 2 was met with a mixed reaction at best. Fans of the lovable fish protagonists of the original, Oscar-nominated 2003 motion picture should be happy, however, now that the film's original director Andrew Stanton has come aboard to helm the follow-up.

Deadline reports that Stanton has signed up for Finding Nemo 2, and has a pitch for the sequel that Disney is excited about. (We just hope that the subtitle "Lost in New York" isn't involved.) Hollywood Reporter added to the story by revealing that the screenplay will be written by Victoria Strouse, whose script for The Apostles of Infinite Love, about a family on a mission to save their younger daughter from a cult, made the illustrious 2008 Black List. Strouse's previous credits include the 2002 drama New Best Friend.

Deadline also suggests that one of the key reasons for Stanton returning for a second installment of the highly successful animated film is the possibility of Disney offering him another live-action picture after the box office disappointment John Carter, which is gaining popularity on home video because it's actually a very, very good film.

CraveOnline will be back with more Finding Nemo 2 news, because fish are friends, not food.