Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…
If you thought the only time you’d see Finding Nemo on the big screen again would be the upcoming 3D release, think again. Pixar has the ball rolling for a return to the sea with a sequel to their 2003 hit. Today it’s confirmed that Ellen DeGeneres is in negotiations to return to voice the lovable Dory.
Dory was the Blue Tang fish with a bad habit of forgetting things. Her short-term attention span was one of the funniest reoccurring antics of the Academy Award-winning original.
Hit the jump for more on the sequel and Ellen’s involvement.
Over the years, DeGeneres has been open about her desire to make a sequel to Nemo, mentioning it often on her talk show. Animation is easy for actors, too. They do a day or two of work recording their lines, and they get paid very well for that time. You can fully expect Ellen to officially sign on, and hopefully Albert Brooks as well.
Curiously, IMDb lists Jane Kaczmarek listed as rumored to voice Dory, but IMDb can’t be trusted all the time. I can’t find that claim founded anywhere. With Ellen in negotiations, that sounds like it was just that: a rumor.
Andrew Stanton will return to direct, with a script by Victoria Strouse. Strouse has been working in television the last ten years, and Stanton’s last film, John Carter, wasn’t the box office explosion Disney was hoping it would be.
Finding Nemo 2 won’t be released in theatres until 2016. If that’s not soon enough for you, you can catch Finding Nemo 3D in theatres on September 14th.