Finding Nemo—Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, and Pixar’s second highest grossing film (Number one?  Toy Story 3)—is one of Pixar’s crowning achievements.  It’s even getting a 3D makeover and rerelease in September.  And now, after nine years, it looks like it’s finally getting the sequel treatment, as well.

The original film was directed by Andrew Stanton (who also directed WALL-E), and it looks like Stanton has “officially come on board” with a Finding Nemo 2 production that “has a concept the studio loves.”

After winning two Oscars for his animated films, Stanton went on to direct the live-action John Carter, which famously flopped earlier this year.  And now, according to /Film, Disney will allow Stanton to continue directing live action films despite that misstep—as long as he directs Finding Nemo 2 first.

Stanton seems to have no problem returning to the well with Pixar, stating:

I’m sure you’ll see some other sequels of things as they grow because now we are not so blinded. It’s the originals that keep us really going and it’s the sequels that are like comfort food, and I think it’s the same way for the audience.

Disney and Pixar currently have no comment on the project.  The film has a rumored release date of 2016.

What do you think of the Finding Nemo 2 news?