Disney and Pixar have announced today that “Finding Nemo” is getting a sequel with the upcoming release of “Finding Dory.”
“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, in a statement.
“I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”
And the director of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, will also be returning to oversee the sequel. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” he said.
“She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”
“Finding Dory” is reportedly set on the California coastline, one year after “Finding Nemo.” The highly expected cartoon is said to contain many of the characters from the first film, such as Marlin, the Tank Gang, and of course, Nemo.
The news of the sequel first surfaced in July of 2012. Andrew Stanton will direct “Finding Dory,” with Albert Brooks, who voiced Marlin in the first film, returning as well, The Huffington Post reports.
“Finding Nemo” was a major success for Disney and Pixar. Having hit the theatres in 2003, “Finding Nemo” reached a total worldwide gross of $921.7 million, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
While only DeGeneres was mentioned in the press release, there have been previous reports that Albert Brooks will be back as well, IGN says.
Finding Dory will arrive in US cinemas on November 25th, 2015.
The news comes after Disney unveiled its plans to shoot the new Star Wars trilogy, after the company has acquired George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd for $4.05 billion.
The new Star Wars trilogy may await the appointment of director and cast, but the writers who are set to return us to the world of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are now in place.
The force is especially strong with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. The two screenwriters have been tapped to write “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Episode IX”, as they will also come aboard to produce the films. The exact division of responsibilities within the two is yet to be determined.
Last week it has also been announced that Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) is to oversee the screenplay for 2015′s Star Wars: Episode VII. Arndt has penned a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film, and the treatment is not just for “Episode VII” but for the next three movies, reports claim.