Pixar Finally Hires Female Director

by Melissa Silverstein on September 27, 2010

in Women Directors,Women Writers

Guess you can call it lucky 13.

After 12 films directed by guys, Pixar has finally hired a woman — Brenda Chapman — to helm its 13th film which is entitled Brave.  Chapman will also write the film.  She previously directed the Prince of Egypt for Dreamworks.  Her hiring was actually announced last spring but since they changed the title of the film from The Bear and the Bow to Brave, I guess they wanted to announce it again for some reasons.

Here’s the description of the the film from the Hollywood Reporter:

…tomboyish royal named Merida who would rather focus on archery. After getting into a fight with her mom, she makes a reckless choice that has serious consequences to her father’s kingdom, putting all their lives in peril.

Voices in the film will include Reese Witherspoon and Emma Thompson and will be produced by Katherine Sarafian.

The release date is already scheduled for June 15, 2012.

Pixar announces first female director (Hollywood Reporter)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

grrljock September 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM

FINALLY! It’s so frustrating to me that the gender barrier is still so huge in 2010. When a bunch of very smart people living in a relatively enlightened place (Bay Area, CA) still take so long to realize their blind spot then sometimes I feel that there is very little hope for the rest of the world.

Michelle September 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Not to make excuses for Pixar, but one of their top executives, who acted as an executive producer for several of the films, is Darla K. Anderson. Very talented producer (a field in the industry that actually has a LOT of women).

nancy October 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM

please advise me about some womens issues
where could i find info/facts about the following?
1.by the state ..what state has the most dead beat dads?
2.by the state..what state has the most men who will not sumit to dna testing to prove parent hood for a child ?
3. by the state..has the most newspapers that carry a picture with information on each dead beat dad?
4. what state is voting on having in each county in there state forming what is called ”
the pregnancy patrol”?

nancy October 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

see e mail above

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