Toy Story 4 Writers Left the Project Due to Pixar Head’s Alleged Misconduct

Posted 2017/11/23 650 0

Original Toy Story 4 writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left the project shortly due to actions of misconduct from Pixar’s John Lasseter.

Another powerful man in Hollywood joins the list of names accused of sexual misconduct. Earlier today, John Lasseter, head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, announced that he will be taking a six-month leave of absence from the studio after acknowledging a number of “painful” conversations and “missteps” concerning his leadership role, just minutes before THR reporter Kim Masters published her story detailing allegations against animator, best known as one of the founders of Pixar.

Rashida Jones, known for her work on Parks and Recreation, The Office and Angie Tribeca (among others), was hired in late 2014 to pen Toy Story 4 with her then-writing partner, Will McCormack, using a story crafted by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Jones will still be credited as a writer on the next Toy Story movie, but according to sources who spoke with THR, both she and McCormack left the project early after Lasseter made an “unwanted advance.” Neither Jones nor McCormack responded to requests for comment on this story, and while Disney didn’t provide a direct comment either, a spokesperson said that the writing duo departed Toy Story 4 due to “creative differences.”

UPDATE: In response to THR‘s report, Jones and McCormack issued the following statement to the NYT, clarifying why they stepped down as the screenwriters on Toy Story 4:

“The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible. We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. That said, we are happy to see people speaking out about behavior that made them uncomfortable. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences. There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice. We encourage Pixar to be leaders in bolstering, hiring and promoting more diverse and female storytellers and leaders. We hope we can encourage all those who have felt like their voices could not be heard in the past to feel empowered.”