Toy Story 4 is still a long way off, but we'll travel to infinity and beyond to find everything you need to know.
Eight years ago, Toy Story 3 was supposed to be the end of the saga that gave the world Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the rest of Andy’s toy chest gang. But while Andy is finally all grown up, the story will apparently continue with Toy Story 4, a film that will continue the tale of the very first Pixar phenomenon from 1995 about what happens when you leave your toys alone…
Latest Toy Story 4 News
Word came out of Deadline that Stephany Folsom is becoming a go-to writer for Disney projects, including Toy Story 4. After contributing to this year’s Thor: Ragnarok (for which she received no credit by the WGA), Folsom has been tapped by Pixar to continue scriptwriting duties for Toy Story 4 after Rashida Jones departed the project.
Folsom has risen to quick prominence after being placed on the Black List for her unproduced screenplay 1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon. That script imagined an alternative reality where NASA recruited filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to help fake the moon landing.
Toy Story 4 Release Date
Despite originally slated for 2018, Toy Story 4 is now due out on June 21, 2019.
Toy Story 4 Cast and Crew
Toy Story 4 will see all your favorite toys have their familiar vocals reprised. Tom Hanks will always be Woody, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, Annie Potts is returning to the role of Bo-Peep after sitting out Toy Story 3, Joan Allen is ever Jessie, Jodie Benson remains Barbie, and even Jeff Garlin and Kristen Schaal are even reprising their Toy Story 3 roles of Buttercup and Trixie, respecitvely. Intriguingly, however, is news that Oscar winner Patricia Arquette has been cast in an unspecified role.
Josh Cooley will be taking over directing duties as well for Toy Story 4. This will be the first Toy Story movie not directed by some combination that featured either John Lasseter or Lee Unkrich. However, Cooley was story supervisor on Inside Out and directed the related short, “Riley’s First Date.”
The film’s screenplay has been worked on by Lasseter, Unkrich and Pixar alum Peter Docter, and Andrew Stanton. It also had an earlier screenplay draft by Rashida Jones. Stephany Folsom is currently writing what is intended to be the final draft of the script.
Toy Story 4 Story
The ending to Toy Story 3 seemed pretty final when it closed with a sense of nostalgia and love on its vision of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. In fact, it felt like it had to be the end since Woody and the whole collection were “set free” by Andy to be the playthings of another child altogether. So where do you go with Toy Story 4?
Apparently in the direction of a love story.
Before taking time away from Pixar due to alleged misconduct, John Lasseter spoke at a D23 in 2015 to reveal that the next film will show toys too can love.
“It’s a love story with Woody—and this is news—Bo Peep,” Lasseter told CNBC in 2015 before his presentation on Disney Animation for later in the day. About the new direction, Lasseter also added, “At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that’s as good or better than the original. That’s our rule. We don’t do things just to print money.”
Notably, Bo Peep, who is voiced by Annie Potts, was not in Toy Story 3. While the character was Woody’s love interest in the original 1995 computer animated film, Bo Peep was implied to have been sold away in the trilogy closer. How Toy Story 4 addresses this will be curious to see.
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