Pixar has to know that they can never say "never" when it comes to a possible sequel. We're about to have a fourth Toy Story, a third Cars, and almost every other character -- from the Monsters to the Incredibles -- have a second movie in the can or on the way. So when our own Eric Eisenberg interviewed Finding Dory producer Lindsey Collins about Andrew Stanton's massively successful sequel, he probed about the possibility of a third chapter under the sea, and found out that information floated in Finding Dory might lead to a question that has to be answered. Are you ready for Finding Hank? Collins tells us:
Approaching a Finding Dory sequel from the perspective of a different character would fit the mold of Andrew Stanton's latest sequel. Though Nemo and Marlin were part of this new story, the point of view shifted to that of Ellen Degeneres' forgetful blue tang, Dory, and so you can see how -- years from now -- if Stanton wanted to return to this world, he could write a story filling in a lot of Hanks' background and make room for Dory and the rest of the Finding Dory crew.
When we last saw the Dory gang, they'd all returned to Nemo and Marlin's 'hood, where even Hank was fitting in. As Lindsey Collins notes, the main characters have reached a resolution. Hanks still has lingering issues, and they could intrigue Andrew Stanton down the line.
Collins also played the safe game of explaining that at Pixar, they really don't want to even approach the possibility of a sequel until they have an idea that can entertain them for an extended period of time. She told Eric Eisenberg:
And as you know, Pixar's open to sequels now, on a regular basis. Plus, Finding Dory is now Pixar's highest-grossing film domestically, proving that there's an audience for undersea adventures with this cast and crew. What do you think? Would you buy a ticket to Finding Hank in a few years? Let us know in the comments. And look for Finding Dory on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.