Pixar Goes Sequel-Crazy: Finding Nemo 2, Toy Story 4 in the Works?

As 'Finding Nemo 2' and the 'Monsters Inc.' prequel get their greenlight, speculation soars for 'Toy Story 4'

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Here’s what we know: Monsters University, a prequel to 2001′s Monsters Inc. is coming in June 2013. Here’s what we think we know: Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has signed on to direct Finding Nemo 2. And here’s what we hope we know: based on a year-old comment from Tom Hanks to a BBC reporter, there may—just may—be a Toy Story 4 already in the works.

Has Pixar gone sequel-crazy? If so, it would be an easy financial decision: Toy Story 3 alone grossed more than $1 billion since its 2010 release and the franchise, which launched in 1995, has earned almost $2 billion in gross box office receipts. And while Toy Story 3 was Pixar’s top box-office success, 2003′s Finding Nemo still holds the runner-up slot for the company, bringing in $867 million so far (not yet counting a 3-D release planned for this September).

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But first comes Monsters Inc. 2, officially titled Monsters University—Pixar’s only prequel to date. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Stanton and Pete Docter are writers), the film will feature Sully (John Goodman) and Michael (Billy Crystal) as college-going monsters, trying to hit the books and earn their way to the Monsters Inc. headquarters.

“It’s how Michael and Sully meet, and plan to become scarers at Monsters Inc.,” Crystal told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s college pranks with monsters. And I wear a retainer. Mike has a retainer.”

With a June 21, 2013, release date confirmed, clips show college pranks will abound, filling the monster-filled halls of Monster University with attempts at more money-making laughs for Pixar.

Along with Goodman and Crystal, expect to see Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz and John Ratzenberger all reprise their roles from the 2001 movie that grossed more $520 million. Kelsey Grammer will replace the late James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose III.

And while Pixar refuses to comment on (potentially) in-production movies, Deadline.com reported that Stanton, the writer and director of the first Nemo (who won Oscars for his work on both that film and Wall-E) has signed on to direct a second installment.

For his part, Stanton did tweet the same day: “Didn’t you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don’t believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling”.

While various media outlets report that writers and producers have joined the effort and we could see the next Nemo in 2016, Pixar’s won’t confirm the film—at least not yet.

And Toy Story 4 sits squarely in rumorville, with little more than a Hanks comment from 2011 to go on. During an interview, a reporter asked Hanks if he expected his granddaughter would be able to watch a Toy Story 4 movie, and Hanks said he thought another installment was “being worked on.” Of course, there’s plenty of room in the script for another film now that Andy has buzzed off to college and the toys have found a new home with Bonnie. Fans of Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head hold their collective breath…

(Of course, Pixar has three original stories slated for 2014 to help us bide our time, including The Good Dinosaur, directed by Up co-director and writer Bob Peterson; an unnamed project from the Toy Story 3 team about the holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead); and a Docter-directed (he did Up and Monsters, Inc.) untitled movie that goes inside the human mind.)

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11 comments
Alejandro Fantino
Alejandro Fantino

Toy Story 4 is not going to happen. At least not as a feature-length. According to the site BigScreenAnimation.com the idea is to make two 22-minute long TV specials. Which means it will be like two more Toy Story Toons, but longer. As for Finding Nemo 2, perhaps it could work if they followed the story of the tank gang, which always made me curious as a kid, how did they break out of those plastic bags?

It'd be an interesting story, watching these guys trying to find a place they can call home in the vastness of the ocean. I just hope Nemo doesn't appear, or Marlin... or Dory. At least not as main characters.

chicagorob1
chicagorob1

Why, oh Why are there no talks, rumors or speculation about an Incredibles sequel???

 

We're getting a Monster prequel and possibly Toy Story 4? But Pixar can't drub up a sequel to one of their most interesting and entertaining worlds ever?

 

I love every Pixar movie ever released (ok, I only liked Cars 2), so I'm disappointed in this major oversight!  Give us more Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack! 

Owlmann
Owlmann

Sad just Sad.

I wouldn't mind an Incredible sequel because I feel they is more stories to tell there but everything else doesn't need one. I mean, what will they do with Nemo? Get him lost again?

A bit of sorry state of affairs but it bound to happen as soon as Disney took over Pixar. They went down sequel road in the 2000s now they are doing it to Pixar, just big screen  instead of DVD/VHS. I mean, that's the problem. You can blame Lasseter and Stanton all you want but I think the blame for this lies with Bob Iger and cronies. There is a Pixar sequel rush due to pressure from Disney.

And I for one will not be happy if Toy Story 4 is released because I feel like that would be a slap-in-the-face to every person that went to see that film and every message it sent. I will really lose faith then if that happened.

But every studio has it run. Disney had is day in the 1940s to early 70s and then again from the late 80s to mid 90s and Pixar had it is day in the 2000s. Nobody can be on top forever.

Never mind, we will have to take faith elsewhere to another studio and hope Pixar will get away from Disney and start making original things like Up again.

Joey Colucci
Joey Colucci

Don't lose faith in Pixar, they haven't let me down yet, and if they release these movies and put their pride and name into, it will be good.  

Jorge Costa
Jorge Costa

Toy Story 4 doesn't make sense. Toy Story 3 was a great movie and a wonderful end to the trilogy. Don't screw that up. 

jonski22
jonski22

i wish they stop at Toy Story 3..

Talendria
Talendria

I don't object to sequels or prequels when they honor the integrity and charm of the original.  For example, no one complained about J.K. Rowling milking seven books and eight movies out of her idea because each of the installments was engaging.  As a parent of a tween, I can assure you there aren't enough quality family movies at the cinema.  My son was upset about Pirates of the Caribbean because there were too many deaths and not enough redeeming qualities.  He actually said at one point, "If one more person dies, I'm outta here."  Pixar generally expresses good values in their films.

Korra
Korra

What would finding Nemo two be about? Nemo's son Felipe who gets captured by British Scuba divers instead of Australians?

Korra
Korra

What would finding Nemo 2 even be about? Nemo's son Felipe who gets captured by Australian Scuba Divers?

DwDunphy
DwDunphy

Bah. While I still have a great affection for Pixar's abilities, all the booshwah they've presented over the years about being a completely different kind of movie company has evaporated into the stream of sequelitis every other studio suffers. I still love your films, but the air of high-mindedness of intent is gone. Insert the Frank Zappa album title of choice here.

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