Disney’s Toy Story Facebook account randomly reconfirmed the Toy Story 4 release. An image was posted with a “4” comprised of red and yellow Post It notes, as well as confirmation of the 2019 release.
Announced during an investor’s call in November 2014, the fourth full feature within the series was originally scheduled to premiere on June 16, 2017. It then slipped to June 15, 2018 (now the release date for The Incredibles 2), before finally landing on June 21, 2019 to debut.
Things were left murky once again when the project’s screenwriters decided to step down. Toy Story 4 was originally set to be penned by the writing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. The duo withdrew in November following misconduct allegations being accused towards Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter.
Toy Story 3 does an amazing job of wrapping up the trilogy of Toy Story films. But Lasseter and his team came up with a story that just begged to be made:
“Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie.”
The story is said to revolve around the series’ disappearance of Bo Peep. The character is unceremoniously missing from Toy Story 3. And her character only gets a fleeting, while sad passing mention. It’s clear that she’s no longer a part of the Davis household, but just what happened to her we have no idea.
Bo Peep and Woody were romantically paired through Toy Story and Toy Story 2. And the fourth film is said to be centered on Woody and Buzz’s attempt to bring Bo Peep home. After the departure of Jones and McCormack, Stephany Folsom was hired to handle the project’s script.
While many would argue that the film series has been wrapped up perfectly with 3, Pixar is one of those studios that gets carte blanche to do what they want. Fans should have no doubt that Toy Story 4 will be a fantastic addition to the series when it hits theaters next June.