In July of last year, Deadline reported that Disney•Pixar were moving ahead with a sequel to their 2003 Oscar winning blockbuster, Finding Nemo. At the time, director Andrew Stanton and Ellen DeGeneres were attached to return, but Albert Brooks remained a hold out. That is, until today. Now, thanks again to Deadline.com, we have confirmation that, thanks to an apparent “fat deal” Brooks will return to the beloved franchise as Nemo’s father, Marlin.
In the past few years, Alfred Brooks has had a bit of a career renaissance with meaty roles in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 and Nicolas Winding Refn’s incredible Drive, which would lead me to believe that Brooks was possibly seeking a bigger pay-day for returning to the role.
Not much of anything is known about the next installment in the Nemo franchise, save for it being slated for a 2016 release. With all parties awaiting Brooks to sign on to move forward, it would seem that Marlin will again be a very integral part. I’d argue that he was actually the star of the original and could very well be again.
As you’ve probably guessed, we here at Animation Fascination are ecstatic about a new Nemo film, but what about you guys? Let us know in the comments below!