I am deeply saddened to receive the news that Daniel Gerson, one of the screenwriters of Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Big Hero 6, and others, has passed away at 49. Dan was one of my classmates in the NYU Graduate Film & TV program, and he was always such a friendly, profoundly funny man. All those who worked with him share many fond memories of fun times and very memorable shoots and hilarious writing by Dan right from the start.
I highly recommend checking out this video of Dan and frequent collaborator Robert L. Baird discussing their writing for Monsters University and the process of developing a screenplay with Pixar from the red carpet premiere of the movie. Also, here is another piece in which Gerson and Baird discuss story specifics of Monsters University including the overall theme of the movie, character development, and writing a prequel.
He was always such a stellar person in a sometimes not-so-nice business. Our condolences from my family to his.