Wall-E director Andrew Stanton is in talks to direct Searchlight Pictures upcoming movie, Chairman Spaceman, which is based on a New Yorker fiction short story by Thomas Pierce. The movie is about an infamous corporate raider who renounces his worldly wealth to become an interplanetary missionary.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Pierce is adapting the short story into a script and it will be produced by Simon Kinberg and Genre Films’ Audrey Chon.
He has been been working within Walt Disney Studios for a while, directing John Carter along with being a major part of Pixar, directing Walle, along with both Finding Nemo and Finding Nemo. He has also worked on all four Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc and A Bugs Life.
Searchlight Pictures was purchased as part of the Walt Disney Companies purchase of 20th Century Fox and is making movies for theatrical and Disney+ releases.