It was announced today, at the Austin Film Festival, that Marti Noxon, best known as a writer and executive producer on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer - as well as working as a writer and consulting producer on the second series of AMC's Mad Men - has joined Pixar to work on an unspecified project!
Pixar is a studio renowned for its exclusivity, in that all of its ideas come from within. Yet, in recent years, we've seen the Emeryville studio branching out: bringing in Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) to script Toy Story 3, and Irene Mecchi (The Lion King) for Brave - in fact, Joss Whedon even co-wrote Toy Story! It's worked very well in the past, and Pixar are clearly hoping for a similar performance by Noxon - announced today, by Pixar senior development executive Mary Coleman, to be collaborating with the studio on an upcoming film.
It's a little late in production for Monsters University for writers to start being brought in, and Michael Arndt is already attached to Pete Docter's Untitled Mind Film - and Victoria Strouse to Finding Nemo 2 - so it seems likely that Noxon (who most recently helped write Glee series 3) will be contributing to Lee Unkrich's Untitled Día de los Muertos film.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more, but, for now, we're pretty excited by this!