August 21, 2012 10:28pm PT by Lacey Rose
Ellen DeGeneres in Talks to Return for 'Finding Nemo' Sequel (Exclusive)
Ellen DeGeneres is in negotiations to reprise her role in Disney/Pixar's planned Finding Nemo sequel.
Assuming the deal comes together, DeGeneres would voice Dory, a blue tang fish who was suffering from short-term memory loss in the 2003 original film.
Over the years, DeGeneres has not been quiet about her desire to see a Nemo sequel come to fruition, making multiple mentions on her popular syndicated talk show. Writer/director Andrew Stanton (John Carter), who wrote the 2003 film with DeGeneres in mind and co-directed it, is set to return for the follow-up. Victoria Strouse is writing the script and Lindsey Collins is producing. A 2016 release date is projected.
The original, which won the Academy award for best animated feature, is still the highest-grossing original Pixar movie, earning $868 million to date worldwide,
The first Nemo, like several Disney properties, is getting a 3D update. The Pixar classic will be rereleased in theaters next month.
The news comes a few weeks before DeGeneres’ long-running talk show returns for its 10th season. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which delivered 3.2 million viewers last season, is the most lucrative daytime talk show currently on TV, according to Kantar Media.
DeGeneres is represented by ICM Partners, The Gold Company and Morris Yorn.