Lee Unkrich Has Announced He Will Be Leaving Pixar
The Oscar-winning director behind Toy Story 3 and Coco, Lee Unkrich, has announced that he will be leaving Pixar Studios after 25 years. Unkrich has also co-directed some of the super successful classics such as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo — before taking the reins solo with the billion-dollar-grossing Toy Story 3.
Unkrich said ““I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered”.
His name is currently credited as “Story” on Toy Story 4 which is slated to release this Summer 2019.
After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.
The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L
— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019
“Lee arrived at Pixar as we were crafting Toy Story, and he’s had a profound effect on all Pixar films since. He literally taught us rookie filmmakers about staging, composition and cutting,” said Pete Docter, who directed Monsters, Inc. and became Pixar’s chief creative officer after Lasseter’s exit. “His artistry and expert craftsmanship as an editor and co-director became a major reason for the high quality of our filmmaking, and as Lee went on to direct, his ability to find the deep humor and emotion enabled him to create some of the strongest films we’ve made.”
“If you look at the sweep of contemporary cinema, it would be difficult to find someone more brilliant in the filmmaking arts than Lee Unkrich,” said Pixar president Jim Morris. “He has been a key player in elevating virtually every one of Pixar’s films.”
Said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn: “Lee has left an indelible mark on the world of film, and we are so grateful for the passion and talent he has brought to each movie he has worked on. He’ll always be part of the Disney-Pixar family, and we will miss him.”
Photo Source: THR
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