Emma Thompson has penned a letter speaking out against the hiring of John Lasseter at Skydance Animation. The animation division of Skydance is preparing to launch with the film Luck, in which Thompson was originally set to star. However, Skydance has been in hot water since its controversial decision to hire Lasseter following the animation magnate’s exit from Disney and Pixar in the wake of unspecified sexual harassment allegations.
Thompson quietly left the project in late January, but has now penned a letter addressed to Skydance explaining why she refuses to work with Lasseter and criticizing the studio’s decision to stand by the Toy Story director.
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Skydance Animation’s Luck is still years away from release, but the movie has just lost one of its stars.
According to a new report, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has walked away from the film “because of concerns about working with” John Lasseter, the former Disney/Pixar animation guru who was hired to run Skydance Animation earlier this year. Read More »
Outcry exploded following John Lasseter‘s hiring at Skydance Animation a year after the animation magnate stepped down from his roles at Disney and Pixar in the wake of unspecified sexual harassment allegations. Lasseter stepped into the role of chief at Skydance Animation merely nine days after his contract expired with Disney, which many in the industry saw as too little time for Lasseter to be held accountable for his actions.
Lasseter and Skydance CEO David Ellison turned to a town hall to address the concerns of the employees at Skydance Animation, many of whom were just as unhappy with the decision to hire the animation guru in a high-profile role at their company. However, it may not be enough for the Paramount staff working with Skydance for one of its first feature films.
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Update: Time’s Up, the organization that seeks to provide safe working environments for women in Hollywood and beyond, has condemned Skydance for hiring Lasseter. You can read their full statement at the bottom of this article. Our original piece follows.
After a year away from the animation industry due to a public fallout with Disney and Pixar over misconduct allegations, John Lasseter has a new high-profile job at a different company in Hollywood. Only nine days after Lasseter’s contract expired with Disney, the animation pioneer has been hired to run Skydance Animation, the animation branch of the company best known for producing tentpole action films like the recent Mission: Impossible and Star Trek movies. Read More »