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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Keanu Reeves is already talking about another John Wick movie.
  • Jeff Goldblum explains whether or not he’ll return to the Jurassic Park series.
  • The release date of the next Star Trek Beyond trailer is revealed.
  • Disney releases a new image from Finding Dory.
  • No, there won’t be a Game of Thrones prequel/sequel series.
  • Yes, Fear the Walking Dead is getting a third season.
  • The Tales From the Crypt reboot gets a full season order.
  • The Conjuring 2 debuts a new poster.
  • David Ayer is down for an R-rated Suicide Squad sequel.
  • Here’s a direct connection between Alien: Covenant and Prometheus.
  • Dwayne Johnson welcomes Charlize Theron to Fast 8.
  • Michael Bay has begun scouting locations for Transformers 5.

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Last month, I traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to talk to Andrew Stanton and the filmmakers of Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. On my visit, I got to preview 30 minutes of the upcoming film and chat with many of the filmmakers at Pixar who are creating Dory’s next adventure. But not only that, I got to learn how Pixar took multiple research trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which served as inspiration for the Marine Life Institute seen in the final film.

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The initial versions of the Finding Nemo story didn’t even feature a fish named Dory. Find out how Ellen DeGeneres‘ appearance on television changed everything, and learn how Modern Family and DeGeneres’ talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show has helped with the casting of the sequel Finding Dory.

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Each new Pixar film employs newer and better technology, but Finding Dory introduces an unprecedented amount of new software to their production pipeline. The company’s chief technology officer Steve May, who worked on Finding Nemo as the supervisor of the shark sequence, says that the process of how they make films has changed a lot since then, but “mainly computers are way faster and algorithms are way better.” Finding Dory introduces three completely new technologies and major improvements in one of their older pieces of software.

After the jump, you can learn about all the new technology being used in Pixar’s latest feature film and how that allowed them to create a character that would have been impossible in the Finding Nemo days. Hear director Andrew Stanton explain how the advances change the filmmaking process, and his producer Lindsey Collins explains that while the new tools make things easier to create, it has made producing a Pixar movie even harder than it ever was before.
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When a Finding Nemo sequel was announced, many people, including myself, were skeptical of the motivations behind the announcement. Yesterday you learned how director Andrew Stanton came to find that a Finding Nemo sequel was necessary. And now we reveal why he felt Dory’s story was not over.

On a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I got to preview 30 minutes of Finding Dory. And I must admit, the 13-minute opening of the film (which I will not spoil) floored me. It was unexpected, dark, emotional and so very compelling. And what interests me is the idea that Finding Dory is actually a movie about disabled character on a journey to embrace what she may feel is her big flaw.

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Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has been outspoken about sequels. Like fellow Pixar brain trust member Brad Bird, he has made his feelings known that we need more original stories and that money shouldn’t be a reason to make a follow-up. So when Stanton announced that he was directing a Finding Nemo sequel titled Finding Dory, some were surprised. Cynical film journalists were quick to write it off as a filmmaker running back to his successful franchise after the box office disappointment of his live-action debut, John Carter. But the truth is that the idea for Finding Dory came to Stanton before John Carter even hit theaters. It was something that kept him up at night.

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Finding Dory opens in theaters this summer, and we all know what that means: a new Pixar short film is on the way. The company’s latest short, Piper, follows a baby sandpiper that must conquer its fear of the water in order to eat. Alan Barillaro directed Piper, which he was inspired to make after witnessing thousands of birds flying away from waves, only to then return to the ocean to eat.

Below, Barillaro discusses his experience of making the Pixar short Piper.

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It’s no secret Pixar loves slipping Easter eggs into its movies, and sometimes the animation studio gets so eager they even sneak in references to movies that haven’t even opened yet. Case in point: while Hank the octopus, voiced by Ed O’Neill, is billed as one of the “new” characters of Finding Dory, he’s really been hiding in plain sight for years. As a new video reveals, Hank’s actually been part of the Pixar family going all the way back to Toy Story in 1995. Really!

… Except no, not really. As you’ve probably figured out by now, this “epic” Finding Dory Easter egg is really just an April Fool’s prank. Still, the video does contain some (genuine) new footage featuring Hank and Dory, not to mention a little clip of O’Neill and director Andrew Stanton being just plain adorable. So if that sounds like the kind of thing you’d be interested in, swim with us below the jump.  Read More »

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Finding Nemo took us to a whole new world under the surface, populated with “vegetarian” sharks and hippie sea turtles and other exotic sea creatures. This summer’s Finding Dory promises to reunite us with some of those same fish while introducing us to still more colorful characters. Those include a cantankerous octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a sweet whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell).

But that’s not all. Also lurking in the cast are Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton as Dory’s parents, Bob Peterson as an eagle ray, and Idris Elba and Dominic West as a pair of Guy Ritchie-inspired sea lions — which, yes, makes Finding Dory the Wire reunion you never knew you wanted. Hit the jump for a batch of photos featuring the latest new Finding Dory characters.  Read More »