It’s been over a year since Disney•Pixar made the decision to switch Toy Story 4 and Incredible 2 release years (Toy Story was originally scheduled to release in 2018 and Incredibles 2 2019). Now with Toy Story 4 getting extra time to develop, the studio has hired a new writer.
Stephany Folsom who was a writer on Thor: Ragnarok has been handed the reigns to the script for the much anticipated sequel. Folsom is one of the hottest upcoming writers in the industry.
At one point the story was revolves around our favorite toys on the search for Bopeep, that idea has been said to be scrapped now.
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.
Josh Cooley will direct the film with the main voice cast from Toy Story 3 expected to return.
Toy Story 4 is slated for summer 2019.