Three Words: Finding. Nemo. Sequel. (With Original Director Andrew Stanton!)
Original ‘Finding Nemo’ director Andrew Stanton has signed on to do a sequel for Pixar! Good idea/bad idea?
Can you believe that it’s been almost ten years since Finding Nemo was released? My, how the time does fly! I don’t know about you, Bettys, but Finding Nemo has always been one of my favorite Pixar movies. I’m a little on the fence about the 3D rerelease that will hit cinemas in September—but you know what I’m definitely NOT on the fence about? A Finding Nemo sequel. And guess what? It looks like it’s finally happening!
According to Deadline, original Nemo writer/director Andrew Stanton has signed on to create a sequel to 2003’s fishy hit. Stanton is also the man behind the delightful Wall-E, and he’s written the scripts for all of the Toy Story films, Monsters, Inc., and A Bug’s Life. He’s also got two Oscars under his belt for Nemo and Wall-E, and I’m over the moon about the fact that he’s the one who will be helming Nemo 2 (rather than some random hired gun who has no connection to the original movie).
The following little tidbit, however, is a tad troubing: Rumor has it that Stanton agreed to come aboard in exchange for another shot behind the camera on a live-action film. You might remember that Stanton made his first foray into live-action filmmaking with John Carter earlier this year; you also might remember that John Carter flopped. Something doesn’t sit quite right with me about only signing onto something in order to be allowed to do the thing you REALLY want to do. Anyone else with me here?
Personally, I’m not of the opinion that John Carter suffered from bad filmmaking. I think it suffered from a bad marketing campaign. Sure, it was a little flawed, but it was enjoyable (more enjoyable than a lot of modern box office hits, actually), and I don’t think it’s entirely fair of Disney to pin the whole disaster on Stanton when the film was so poorly marketed. But I try to assuage my feelings of unease with the knowledge that Stanton apparently already come up with a concept for Nemo 2 the studio loves (although as always, said studio is being notoriously tight-lipped about development); it looks like the old creative juices are still flowing, so hoorah!
Tell us: Do you think a Finding Nemo sequel is a good idea? Or should Pixar just let it lie?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.