Coming to theaters this September is Pixar’s Finding Nemo re-rendered in Disney Digital 3D, and it looks like it will be a wonderful experience. With that on the horizon, we have other big news from Disney/Pixar this morning. Word from Deadline is that a long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo is now being developed at Pixar, and that Andrew Stanton, who directed the original Finding Nemo as well as Wall-E, is returning to direct it before he goes on to another live-action project. Not many details are known beyond that, but they assure us “the studio is working on it.” It looks like we’re going to see a Finding Nemo sequel after all.
For many years, Pixar was known as the studio who wouldn’t make sequels, sticking with original ideas (give or take Toy Story 2). But under Disney, they’ve been cooking up quite a few of them recently, between Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011) and Monsters University (a prequel) coming up next (2013). Deadline’s report only states: “I’ve been hearing for months that he would come aboard to direct the sequel to Disney-based Pixar’s Finding Nemo, with the idea that Disney would give him another shot behind the camera on a live action film.” He makes them a hit sequel, they’ll let him make his next live-action film. But as for specific details, we don’t know anything else, besides that it’s apparently in the works, but not even official yet. “I’m hearing that nothing is firm but that the studio is working on it.” We’ll keep a close eye on things from here.
Out of all of Pixar’s movies, Finding Nemo is one of the only other ones I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel for. The others I would give a pass to are Monsters Inc. (already getting its follow-up) and of course The Incredibles. But on that side, it seems like Brad Bird is doing a bit better than Andrew Stanton, considering he was just signed for Damon Lindelof’s 1952 project and we all know what happened with John Carter. We’ll watch for updates, but I wouldn’t expect to see this sequel until 2015 anyway
Posted by admin Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The year may just be ending, but today’s earnings won’t make or break THR’s tally of the Top 10 highest grossing films from 2010. No matter how many times we cry about wanting original stories, less sequels and more bold motion pictures, the films that earn the most money at the box office seem to indicate other desires from audiences worldwide. Nearly every movie included in the ten biggest earners of 2010 is either a sequel in an established franchise or an adaptation of a book or series of books, and one remake. Only two original films cracked the Top 10, and you probably already know one. See the full Top 10 list below!
1. Toy Story 3 – $415 Million Domestic / $1.06 Billion Worldwide
2. Alice in Wonderland – $334 Million Domestic / $1.02 Billion Worldwide
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – $278 Million Domestic / $865 Million Worldwide
4. Inception – $293 Million Domestic / $825 Million Worldwide
5. Shrek Forever After – $238 Million Domestic / $740 Million Worldwide
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $301 Million Domestic / $694 Million Worldwide
7. Iron Man 2 – $312 Million Domestic / $622 Million Worldwide
8. Despicable Me – $251 Million Domestic / $540 Million Worldwide
9. How to Train Your Dragon – $218 Million Domestic / $495 Million Worldwide
10. Clash of the Titans – $163 Million Domestic / $493 Million Worldwide
It’s no surprise that a Pixar film, especially the heart-breaking end to the story that started the animation studio’s success all the way back in ‘95, is the biggest success of the year. But box office is just another conquest for Pixar as they have their sights set on winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The presence of other sequels in Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Twilight: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is to be expected, and it’s not surprising that most of the list is composed of films that are intended to be viewed by the whole family (and with How to Train Your Dragon, I couldn’t be happier with its success).
The two glaring exceptions in this year’s box office hits are Universal’s surprise animated hit Despicable Me and the mind-bending original dreamweaver Inception. Leave it to Christopher Nolan, a director who became a household name after helming two movies in one of the most successful blockbuster franchises currently running, to deliver an original film that rakes in a shitload of money without the inflated cost of a 3D ticket – impressive. Of course, when these two original movies are surrounded by all these sequels and adaptations, it’s hard to make the case for more original stories. Hollywood will remake nearly any movie, no matter how classic or beloved, but if the money flow ain’t broke, you know they won’t even try to fix it.
But for me the most interesting note on box office comes from the site Screened, who has included James Cameron’s Avatar, a film initially released on December 18th, 2009, as an honorable mention on their biggest box officer earners chart. Why? Well apparently the film made $466 million of its $760 million box office take in 2010, which trumps Toy Story 3’s 2010 box office take of $415 million with plenty of room to spare. That’s pretty impressive for a 3D remake of Dances with Wolves, eh? Sorry about that, but we had to throw it in, its been a year! So what’s your take on the highest grossing films of 2010?
Posted by admin Date: Friday, December 31, 2010
In addition to that new poster earlier today, Disney has debuted a brand new internet-only (as in, you won’t see it anywhere else) trailer for Pixar’s Toy Story 3, which features a bit more action and a fun little “on the run” concept to it. We’ve seen quite a few trailers for this sequel already (one in November, another in February) and they’re getting better every time. Although I know what happens in the movie, they’re doing a very good job of covering up the actual story, which I think is great to experience in theaters, so I definitely won’t be spoiling it. I’ve said enough already, so do yourself a favor and just watch this new trailer. Enjoy!
Watch the new internet-only trailer for Pixar’s Toy Story 3:
Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are all dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and John Ratzenberger will all be back.
Toy Story 3 is being directed by Lee Unkrich, another one of Pixar’s creative masterminds who previously co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. The screenplay was written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine who is a newcomer to the Pixar family. Disney will be bringing Pixar’s Toy Story 3 to theaters everywhere in both 2D & 3D starting on June 18th in summer.