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MOVIES: Toy Story 4 - News Roundup *Updated 18th January 2018*

18th January 2018 - Stephany Folsom to Write Script

EXCLUSIVE: Pixar has put the next adventure of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the hands of Black List scribe Stephany Folsom. She’s been tapped to take over writing the script for Toy Story 4, the latest installment of the juggernaut that helped establish Pixar’s mojo.

The sequel was originally going to be written by Rashida Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack. They exited, and Jones recently went public to deny a story in THR that she had left because of an overture made by Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, who at that time was set to co-direct the latest film. That story prompted Lasseter to take a six-month leave to reconsider “missteps” in his behavior toward women — Deadline’s Dawn Chmielewski and Anita Busch also weighed in with revelations of questionable behavior toward women — but Jones said the part of the Kim Masters article about her was inaccurate and that she left the project over creative and philosophical differences.


14th July 2017 - Josh Cooley to Direct

Lasseter told the crowd today during Disney’s animation presentation that he will remain as executive producer and a consultant for Cooley, the screenwriter of Pixar’s Oscar-winning Inside Out. This marks his feature directorial debut which has a June 16, 2017 release date.

28th November 2016 - Release Date Pushed

“The Incredibles 2” will hit theaters a year before it was originally slated, while “Toy Story 4” will move from 2018 to 2019, Pixar said Wednesday.


14th August 2015 - John Lasseter Reveals Details

Lasseter explained that Toy Story 4 will find Woody and Buzz Lightyear teaming up once again as they head out in search of the missing Bo. As we were looking around we came up with this idea because Bo Peep was not in Toy Story 3, and it actually worked beautifully into this….so Woody and Buzz light-year go out to find Bo Peep and bring her back, and it’s a very special and emotional love story. But it’s extremely funny too.

What we wanted to do was find a type a story that we had not done in a Toy Story before, and really our goal is to create something really original, something that’s different from what you’ve seen before. In every sequel that Pixar does we try to do something that is very different from the original, but is as good in a different way.

Lasseter also revealed the surprisingly personal inspirations for the story — his own wife’s life story. Said Lasseter, “I’ve been very inspired by my wife Nancy‘s story in her life before I met her. It’s an incredible story, and it’s been sort of a bit of an inspiration for this.” As a huge fan of what the third film achieved, and who doesn’t necessarily see the need for a fourth given Toy Story 3‘s beautiful conclusion, it’s a huge comfort to hear that this story comes from an intimate place. There’s no denying that sequelization is often a blatant cash grab, but if Lasseter is drawing from the story of someone he loves, it’s a good bet there’s going to be some heart to it.


  • 14th August 2015 - Randy Newman Returning to Compose Soundtrack
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Toy Story — which was Pixar's first feature and the first computer-animated theatrical release — and Lasseter noted on Friday at D23 that the wheels started to turn after director and screenwriter Andrew Stanton quietly wrote an “unbelievable treatment.”

    “It is a love story between Woody and Bo Peep,” Lasseter said, noting that Woody and Buzz set out to find Bo. “It’s a very personal story for me, inspired by my wife, Nancy.”

    Oscar-winning songwriter and composer Randy Newman will be back for the fourth film. He joined Lasseter onstage, sitting at a piano to sing Toy Story classic “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

  • 5th March 2015 - Will Be A Standalone Romantic Comedy
    “It is a love story between Woody and Bo Peep,” Lasseter said, noting that Woody and Buzz set out to find Bo. “It’s a very personal story for me, inspired by my wife, Nancy.”

  • 6th November 2014 - Film Announced
    John Lasseter will return to direct Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story 4” that Disney will release on June 16, 2017.

    Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

    Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger made the project announcement to Wall Street analysts as he discussed the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results on Thursday.

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