Editor's Note: This version corrects the timing of the BBC interview in the seventh paragraph to last year from this year. This article has also been amended to remove unconfirmed information regarding the possibility of a "Toy Story 4" movie.
"Finding Nemo 2" and a sequel to "Monsters Inc." are reportedly both in the works and expected to be released during the next few years. And "Toy Story 4" could be next. The originals of each of the three movies brought in hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide in box office sales and helped solidify Disney-Pixar as the apex of film animation for an entire era of moviegoers.
And now fans are being rewarded for being patient, as the "Monsters Inc." sequel -- to be titled "Monsters University" has been greenlighted and has a release date of less than a year from now, a director has reportedly been selected for "Finding Nemo 2", and Tom Hanks told BBC News last year that he believed "Toy Story 4" was already "being worked on."
Pixar has confirmed that "Monsters University" is officially set to be released June 21, 2013, nearly guaranteeing hundreds of millions more in profits, as the original film was a huge hit in worldwide box offices, becoming the fourth-most successful Disney-Pixar release of all time. A trailer for the film was released last month, and it offers a sneak peak into the upcoming film.
On Tuesday, Deadline reported that "Finding Nemo 2" is being pursued by Disney-Pixar, which reportedly recently selected "John Carter" director Andrew Stanton to direct the film.
Disney-Pixar has not set a date for the film, and reps for the studios would not comment to EW about the report, but numerous industry outlets have reported on Stanton's selection as director.
Meanwhile, last year Tom Hanks (the voice behind the toy cowboy character Woody in the "Toy Story" films) said during an interview with BBC News that he believed "Toy Story 4" was being worked on. That film would the latest installment in what has become one of the most successful franchises in animated film history.
According to DisneyMoviesList.com, "this project is currently still in development. We do know that Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton and Joan Cusack will be providing voice work," and "Toy Story 4" is expected to be released sometime in 2015. That report has not, however, been confirmed by Disney-Pixar or any other official source.
A Pixar rep simply told the Washington Post, "we're not commenting" when asked about whether or not they were working on "Toy Story 4" after Tom Hanks blabbed the possibility last June.
"Toy Story 3" made more than a billion dollars globally and picked up an Oscar in the process.
Click play below to watch a trailer video for "Monsters University: