UPATE: Andrew Stanton just tweeted this a little while ago:
Didn’t you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don’t believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling
— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) July 18, 2012
Deadline and other outlets are reporting that John Carter director Andrew Stanton is making a return to animation with a sequel to Finding Nemo as his next project. There’s also talk that the deal for him to direct Finding Nemo includes an agreement that he’ll get to do an unspecified live action film after he finishes Nemo 2.
Although Nikki Finke says this means Disney is giving him a “mulligan on John Carter” — it’s clear from context that this doesn’t mean that mulligan would be John Carter 2. JC2 is probably the last thing Disney has on its mind — but if Stanton did get the assurance that Disney will support a live action next pic for him after Nemo, that’s not all bad. A lot of people are going to advise Stanton against pushing for JC2 as that live action picture …..on the other hand he may be out to prove something and he might end up lobbying for that to be the pic. That’s where ongoing growth of the fan movement might come into play and could play a role in any decision that might be made. The timing lines up pretty well, in that the decision would have to be made sometime around 2 years from now, which is about when Disney’s option on the material runs out.
I don’t want to suggest that this is a great development for John Carter “sequelistas” …. just that it’s not a calamity and there could be an upside, maybe.
We’ll add more as it becomes available. Meanwhile: Here is the Deadline Report.