Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack were hired to write "Toy Story 4," but left the Pixar project. In The Hollywood Reporter's piece on John Lasseter's six-month sabbatical, THR added a section claiming Jones left "Toy Story 4" early after Lasseter made an unwanted advance. That was from one of THR's unnamed sources, though, not Jones or McCormack, who didn't respond to THR's "repeated" requests for comment.
Well now Jones is commenting. And she's refuting that part of the report. Jones found her name splashed across headlines connected to Lasseter's other "unwanted" allegations, but she says it's "untrue."
Here's what Jones and McCormack said in a statement issued Tuesday to the New York Times:
"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. 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."
In October 2016 it was announced that Pixar was swapping the release dates for "Toy Story 4" and "The Incredibles 2." "Incredibles 2," which just shared its first trailer, opens June 15, 2018. "Toy Story 4" was pushed to June 21, 2019.
Lasseter was originally attached to direct "Toy Story 4," with Jones and McCormack writing a script from a story he co-wrote. Later, Josh Cooley was added as co-director. Then, during the 2017 D23 Expo, Lasseter said he would step down as director due to other commitments, with Cooley staying as solo director. Now Lasseter is taking a six-month sabbatical, after alleged "missteps" in his behavior with staff members.
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