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In a strange and shocking move, former Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios head John Lasseter is setting up shop at Skydance Animation. The announcement was made today that Lasseter has been named head of Skydance Animation and will report directly to Skydance CEO David Ellison. The production company launched in 2010 and has mainly been focused on blockbusters, producing the big screen Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises as well as one-offs like Geostorm and Baywatch. Skydance also famously won the rights to the Terminator series and tried to relaunch that franchise with 2015’s Terminator Genisys, but the film faltered at the box office. They’re trying again with a new reboot directed by Tim Miller.
Lasseter, of course, helped turn Pixar into a powerhouse animation studio as director of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2, going on to oversee operations as Pixar became a dominating force in the animation industry. When Disney bought Pixar, Lasseter was appointed head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and oversaw a resurgence of quality over there with films like Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph.
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