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Adam B. Vary
July 17, 2012 AT 08:17 PM EDT

After the surface of Mars proved inhospitable, Deadline is reporting that John Carter director Andrew Stanton is returning to the lush and lively oceans on our own planet for a sequel to his 2003 animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. The project remains in development at Pixar Animation Studios, which has been Stanton’s primary filmmaking home for two decades.

Finding Nemo, meanwhile, will be re-released in 3-D on Sept. 14. To date, it’s earned $867 million in worldwide box office; adjusted for inflation, it still ranks as Pixar’s highest grossing film in the U.S.

Reps for Pixar and Disney declined to comment when reached by EW.

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