Variety broke some big news about Pixar’s future lineup earlier today: Derek Connolly, an up-and-coming screenwriter who made a splash earlier this year with the acclaimed Safety Not Guaranteed, is working with Pixar veteran Teddy Newton on a new feature film!
Connolly’s limited, but strong writing background resembles that of Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arndt, who was hired at the studio after a single writing credit (Little Miss Sunshine). Speaking with Variety, Connolly described his experience at Pixar to date:
"It’s totally different, the way they do things up here. You’re here everyday. You don’t go away for three months and come up with a script. You’re involved with a director and it’s very collaborative."
That director is Teddy Newton, a name which should be familiar to many Pixar fans. An artist at the studio since the development of The Incredibles, Newton took the director’s chair for the first time with the 2D/3D hybrid Day & Night. With any luck, the same blend of creativity and character will be applied to his first feature.
The movie’s title and release date remain up in the air, but it could be the November 2015 feature which Disney recently announced. Look out for any future news.
Do you think this writer/director team has potential?