Director of Toy Story 4, Josh Cooley, has confirmed that the fourth film is on track to make the scheduled June 2019 release.
Though the third instalment of Pixar’s world-renowned franchise left on a high note, the studio feels that there is still one more feature left before they close the book on Buzz and Woody. Back in 2014, the project was announced, and has been in development ever since, hitting a snag recently when writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack stepped down last year, leaving uncredited Thor: Ragnarok scribe Stephany Folsom to take over.
Famously, animated features often take years to complete, so it is concerning to see Toy Story 4 undergo rewrites at such a late stage, as one would assume that Pixar would have delayed the project just a little in order to give the filmmakers more time, however, they seem to be sticking to the original plan.
Cooley took to Twitter, posting a picture of a number 4 made up of red and yellow Post-It notes, modelled on the classic Toy Story font, with a caption that states “June 21, 2019” – an emphatic confirmation of the film’s release date:
JUNE 21 2019 pic.twitter.com/LiJhHNTOoo
— Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) April 8, 2018
The rewrite may not be as severe as you’d imagine, however, as a story from John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unrich has been in place from the start. So, perhaps a strong enough foundation exists that the art teams have been able to get a lot of work done to stay on schedule, without a script being set in stone.
Toy Story 4 is set for release on June 21st 2019.