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Matthew Aldrich

co-writer Coco
MATTHEW ALDRICH (Original Story by/Original Screenplay by), co-writer of Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” and two-time Black List alum, has emerged in recent years as a writer of substance and imagination.

He first gained attention for the spec script CLEANER (2007) which was directed by Renny Harlin for Screen Gems and starred Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris. Aldrich developed several features with Alcon Entertainment and Anonymous Content, including SPINNING MAN (2017), directed by Simon Kaijser and starring Guy Pearce, Minnie Driver and Pierce Brosnan.

In 2011, Aldrich’s spec script “Father Daughter Time” sold to Warner Bros. and earned a top-five spot on the Black List. His follow-up script, “The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,” made the list the following year.

Shortly thereafter, Aldrich began work on COCO. He quickly took to Pixar’s highly collaborative environment, and it proved to be the start of a fruitful relationship. He has since relocated to the Bay Area and continues to consult on various Pixar projects.
Aldrich adapted the novel “Opening Belle” for Warner Bros. and Reese Witherspoon and his spec pilot “Home by Dark” sold to Hulu. He is currently writing a feature for Fox 2000.

Following graduation from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Aldrich worked at the Sundance Institute, where he helped mount screenwriter labs and screening series throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. He has also served as a mentor in the Black List’s San Francisco screenwriting lab.

Aldrich met his wife at UCLA, and together they remain theater nerds at heart. As a screenwriter based in Oakland, he has memorized Southwest’s service between OAK and BUR and has achieved A-List Preferred Status (which he guards fiercely). When he’s not writing he’s usually baking bread.