Andrew Stanton is heading back to animation, signing on to direct a sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo, the 2003 modern classic he co-directed.
Victoria Strouse, who wrote the 2008 Black list script The Apostles of Infinite Love, is writing the script and Lindsey Collins is producing. A 2016 release date is being eyed.
The move could be perceived as a return to a safer ground after the disastrous results of John Carter, Stanton’s big live-action debut. The movie’s performance forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. And while the filmmaker may still harbor live-action dreams, Nemo 2 will effectively take up all most of his time for the next four years or so.