‘Finding Nemo’ sequel ‘Finding Dory’ announced, set for release in November 2015

By Daniel S Levine,

The highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo has finally been confirmed by Disney and Pixar. The studio announced that the movie will be titled Finding Dory and will be released Nov. 25, 2015.

Rumors that a sequel to the 2003 Oscar-winning film was in the works started in July 2012, when Andrew Stanton signed on to direct the project. He directed the original film and last filmed John Carter. After that film flopped, Disney decided to give him another chance and allowed him to direct the sequel to his most popular film.

A month later, Ellen Degeneres signed on to reprise her role as Dory, the fish with short-term memory loss. Albert Brooks also rejoined the project in February to play Marlin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, as you would expect based on the title, Finding Dory will give audiences a look at the further adventures of Degeneres’ character.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16,” Degeneres said in a statement, reports TheFilmStage. “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.”

Stanton added, “There is no Dory without Ellen. 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.”

Victoria Strouse (New Best Friend) wrote the film.

Other future Pixar releases on the docket to follow Brave are The Good Dinosaur (May 30, 2014), Pete Docter's project inside the human mind, and Lee Unkrich’s Dia de Los Muertos project.

Monsters University is scheduled for June 21.

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