'Brave' co-director Brenda Chapman leaves Pixar for mystery LucasFilm Animation project
Let the speculation begin, Star Wars geeks. But before you get too deep into the weeds trying to figure out what LucasFilm has up their sleeves, take a little time to celebrate the addition of talented animator, Brenda Chapman, who has lent her skills to some great flicks in the past for both Disney and Pixar. Too bad about that Brave thing, though.
What Brave thing? Well, you might recall that Chapman was removed from Pixar's latest film long before it ever hit theaters. Originally set to be Pixar's first female director and with their first female protagonist, Chapman ran into some heavy creative resistance, and was unceremoniously dumped from the project. She was replaced by Mark Andrews, who took her concept and dumbed it down(sorry, ladies, Brave isn't that good a movie), presenting a version of Scotland that is very different from what Chapman intended. To an outsider, it made Pixar look really bad. I can only imagine it looked worse from the inside. In the end, Chapman ended up with a co-directing credit, which was probably more of an insult than if they had left her name off completely. Obviously, a woman of her talents, who has done work on Up, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, can go pretty much anywhere she wants. Enter LucasFilm Animation.
She'll be serving as a consultant on a mystery project LucasFilm is currently developing. With George Lucas "retired", the studio is being run by Kathleen Kennedy, and I'm betting she'd love to put her stamp on the Star Wars universe in some way. Then again, we don't know what this project is, so it could be something original. LucasFilm Animation are the folks behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series(the 2003 version is better), and the terrible 2008 feature film that preceded it. Hopefully what Chapman's working on won't have anything to do with those. [PixarPortal]