Toy Story 4 and a sequel to Finding Nemo are apparently being tossed around the offices at Pixar, according to various reports. Although it's been several years since Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich's fish-oriented endeavor enjoyed its theatrical bow, Pixar is rumored to be considering a return to the oceanic depths for a follow-up in the very near future.
"Finding Nemo", which hits theaters this September in 3D, stars actor Albert Brooks as a dad who goes on a quest to find his missing son. Although the film isn't my favorite Pixar endeavor -- that honor currently goes to "Wall-E", though it could change at the drop of a hat -- I think there's definitely interest from the masses for a sequel. I guess its fate will depend upon how well the 3D version of the original film does during its theatrical jaunt later this year.
As far as "Toy Story 4" is concerned, it's really a no-brainer. The franchise has enjoyed a fair amount of success over the years, with the most recent entry snagging a lifetime gross of $415,004,880, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Back in 2011, Tom Hanks hinted that the studio was working on another installment of the wildly popular series, which makes these recent rumors sound a bit more believable.
Sadly, all of this sequel talk indicates that Pixar isn't interested in developing any new properties at the moment. Although recent efforts such as "Wall-E", "Up", and "Brave" have made a fair amount of scratch at the box office, they haven't come close to securing the sort of revenue as "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo". Since crafting films of this nature takes a long time, it might be a while before Pixar delivers anything original. That's kind of a bummer.
"Monster University", the highly-anticipated sequel to Pixar's 2001 hit "Monsters, Inc.", opens in theaters on June 20th, 2013. Check out the teaser below.