LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Finding Nemo II, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2003 box-office success, has found its director. Pixar Studios has tapped for Nemo’s sequel previous director Andrew Staton, claims new reports.
The sequel reportedly has sat in development at Pixar Animation Studios for years. But after some delays, Stanton was reportedly reeled in for the sequel.
He will attempted to eclipse Pixar’s records with Nemo I. The animated adventure remains one of the studio’s highest grossing film ever. And the film is still generating sizable ancillary earnings. The film is set to be re-released in September in a 3D version.
Staton previously directed the financially unsuccessful John Carter. Nemo, in turn, pulled in more than $867 million in its first showing.
Nemo also broke other records. It became the second highest grossing film of 2003 and became the best selling DVD of all time in 2006, moving more than 40 million copies. To date, it remains the fifth highest earning animated film, ever. Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, and David Reynolds wrote the first film, while Stanton directed and delivered the story.