John Lasseter has stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4,” leaving co-director Josh Cooley to take full reins.
Lasseter revealed the news on Friday at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, has directed the first “Toy Story” in 1995. He will stay on the project as an executive producer.
Cooley, head of story on the Pixar hit “Inside Out,” was named one of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch in 2015. Cooley started at the company as an intern working on “Cars.”
“To be co-director on ‘Toy Story 4’ with John, who brought the ‘Toy Story’ characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true,” he told Variety in 2015. “When I first saw ‘Toy Story,’ I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. ‘Toy Story 4’ will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”
On stage, Lasseter and Cooley played a video taken at Pixar headquarters that introduced the movie’s crew.
“Toy Story 4” will bring back original stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. “Toy Story 3” remains Pixar’s highest-grossing film, having hauled $1.1 billion worldwide.
“Toy Story 4” is written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, based on a story by the Pixar Braintrust (Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich).
The fourth installment of the animated franchise hits theaters on June 21, 2019.
Toy Story 4 has found its writer.
Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of absence following claims of sexual harassment and misconduct, but Jones refuted the reports in The New York Times, saying, "We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. ... We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences." Jones and McCormack went on to say that Pixar has a "a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice."
For Folsom, the role as writer on Toy Story 4 is her first major credit. She appeared on The Black List in 2013 for her original screenplay 1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon.
Edward M wrote: »
Buzz to be the major must have toy for Xmas 19 again?
There's still a perfectly working buzz in our house, my 25 yo sons.
I'm looking forward to a look at 4, I won't judge till I see.
And so on, and so on …. - Slavoj Žižek
Brian? wrote: »
Will it be our for Christmas? If it is I’m buying both my kids one.
Sad Professor wrote: »
Didn't they say a while ago they have no more plans for sequels after Toy Story 4?
speedboatchase wrote: »
8 movies, 1 sequel
11 movies, 7 sequels
Disney bought Pixar in 2006, in case you're wondering when the new 'creative' approach started to take shape.
pixelburp wrote: »
Dunno whether it's coincidence or deliberate, but it looks like the Child's Play remake will be released the same day as Toy Story 4 - that's kinda hilarious.