We first learned that Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley, 40, had left Pixar last month with the news that he would direct an animated Transformers feature for Paramount Animation.
The Transformers news wasn’t accompanied by any kind of statement about his decision to leave Pixar. But earlier this week, Cooley finally made a public statement about leaving the studio after 17 years. Cooley’s comments accompanied the news of a second post-Pixar project: a live-action adaptation of Thomas Taylor’s children’s book Malamander, which is set up at Sony Pictures.
On leaving Pixar, Cooley told The Hollywood Reporter: