It’s been almost a decade, but Pixar is finally moving forward with Toy Story 4. Originally set to come out in 2017, Toy Story 4 is now looking at a 2019 release date.
Director Josh Cooley has posted this on his Twitter page with the release date June 21, 2019:
JUNE 21 2019 pic.twitter.com/LiJhHNTOoo
— Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) April 8, 2018
Cooley was at the helm for Pixar’s Inside Out and he will be joined by co-director Jonas Rivera who had worked on Pixar’s latest hit, Coco. Originally, John Lasseter was set to direct the movie, but he was said to have left the project July 2017—add to that his leave of absence after sexual harassment allegations started popping up.
The original premise was supposed to focus on Woody and his romance with Bo Peep, and the script was supposed to come from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Both of them actually stepped away from the project as well, and Jones told Entertainment Weekly:
“There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”
Now Toy Story 4 will be getting its script from Stephany Blossom (Thor: Ragnarok), but we still have no plot details to give out as of now. To be honest, I thought that Toy Story 3 was a clever cap off to the trilogy, and I don’t know which possible storyline Pixar could go moving forward that would have the same emotional weight as the last film.
Toy Story 4 comes out June 21, 2019.