Writer/Director Andrew Stanton is heading back to work. After the financial debacle John Carter was—his first foray into live-action filming—Disney and Pixar are putting him back to work on a planned Finding Nemo sequel and another shot at a live-action project.
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With Andrew Staton’s resume, it’s hard to not give the guy a second shot despite the disastrously poor returns of John Carter—$73 million domestically compared to its $250 million production budget. With writing credits on the Toy Story franchise and Monster’s Inc., along with writing and directing Finding Nemo and WALL-E, Stanton has been given a clean slate to come aboard a sequel to Finding Nemo, along with another shot at a live-action film for doing so.
Disney and Pixar haven’t commented yet on where the planned sequel will go, but Stanton pitched the idea and the execs reportedly loved it, therefore he’s back in the director’s chair for the movie.
As for the live-action project, nothing is firm yet, but with his history of work for the studio, it’s worth it to give him a chance to redeem himself. He’s not the first director to have a wrong misstep, and he certainly won’t be the last.
Personally, I really enjoyed John Carter and felt it wasn’t viewed as much as it should have, but I’m not entirely too enthralled by the decision of Disney and Pixar going through with another sequel/prequel to one of their beloved films. With Toy Story, it felt natural, but Cars 2 was complete garbage and I’m not holding out too much hope for Monster’s University.