While the credits of “Toy Story 4” are filled with usual suspects from the Pixar Brain Trust, there was also a new face on the list. Stephany Folsom was best known for writing an unproduced script about Stanley Kubrick faking the moon landing when Pixar hired her to cowrite the screenplay with Andrew Stanton. And the experiment was clearly a success, with the franchise’s fourth entry receiving near-universal praise.
It’s hardly the first time Pixar has collaborated with an exciting writer from outside their organization for a much-hyped feature. Michael Arndt followed his “Little Miss Sunshine” Oscar win by writing “Toy Story 3.” And Rashida Jones worked on an early version of “Toy Story 4.” While the studio has a great team in place to execute its unorthodox story process, bringing in outside collaborators can clearly make their films even better. With that in mind, we lined up ten bold writers that Pixar would be wise to hire to punch up its next script.