UPDATE 11/21/2017 10:25 ET: Rashida Jones her writing partner Will McCormack have since released a statement on Twitter addressing reports that they left Pixar due to an unwanted advance from John Lasseter. According to the statement, Jones and McCormack left Pixar due to “creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.” The statement calls their work environment “a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.” The full statement is below:
Rashida Jones says she did not leave Pixar due to unwanted advances from Lasseter. Rather, she says in statement (below) to the NYT, her exit was about a workplace where women and people of color were not valued. pic.twitter.com/ANkmKgsS9z
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) November 22, 2017
The original story continues in full below.
In the wake of claims of misconduct against Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, THR has cited sources stating that actor and screenwriter Rashida Jones left Toy Story 4 early in the film’s development after an unwanted advance from Lasseter.
Jones and writing partner Will McCormack did not respond to requests for comment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney declined comment to THR, but the article quotes an unnamed studio source saying the writers’ exit was due to “creative differences.” Reportedly, Jones and McCormack will still be credited on Toy Story 4.
Lasseter is under fire following the revelation of a history of alleged inappropriate workplace behavior over the years. On Tuesday, Lasseter announced a six-month leave of absence from the studio, citing unnamed “missteps” in a memo to employees.
Jones, typically known for her acting, had been hired to write the screenplay for the forthcoming film alongside McCormack. The two had previously written the 2012 romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever. Following the alleged incident, both writers left Toy Story 4.
Toy Story 4 will be directed by Josh Cooley and is scheduled for a June 21, 2019 release. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are expected to return to their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, but the full cast has yet to be announced.
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