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Published On: Fri, Dec 23rd, 2016

‘Toy Story 4’ delayed to 2019, what is being changed a mystery

Pixar announced that Toy Story 4’s release date has been pushed back from 2018 to June 21, 2019. So what does that mean for the film and how the previous stories and rumors may be changing.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in November 2014 that the beloved franchise was returning with director John Lasseter on board. “John created Toy Story and directed the first two films, and it’s great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties,” Iger said at the time.

“We love these characters so much, they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before,” Lasseter said with the plan to have the film arrive next year.

Long gone is the plan for 2017 as the new film will arrive in 2019. photo/ The “Toy Story 4” movie poster unveiled as the D23 Expo

Pete Docter, who co-wrote Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and has written and directed other Pixar films such as Inside Out, Up, and Monsters, Inc. told Collider that Toy Story 4 is taking a “new direction” from its typical adventure in addition to the focus on Woody and Bo Peep’s love story.

Bo Peep was voiced by Ghostbusters co-star Annie Potts.

“They’re really doing a great job. It’s taking things into a little bit of a new direction which I think will really surprise people, and hopefully not feel like the first three but still familiar in a way,” Docter told Collider. “I don’t know if that even makes sense but it’s pretty awesome.”

The new film will be co-directed by Josh Cooley, Docter says “They’re really doing a great job. It’s taking things into a little bit of a new direction which I think will really surprise people, and hopefully not feel like the first three but still familiar in a way. I don’t know if that even makes sense but it’s pretty awesome.”

In December 2015, Hanks, 60, posted a video of his commute to the Pixar studio. “Back to Oakland! Pixar! Working on #ToyStory4, partners! Hanx.”

Patricia Arquette has been cast to play “a laid-back mom who’s described as a hippie.” Full casting announcement is here.

Cooley is working with screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack on the final version

Toy Story premiered in 1995 and stars Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear). (Toy Story 3 remains Pixar’s highest-grossing film ever, making $1.1 billion globally.) The movies have remained a fan favorite.

Expect a ton of attention being paid to the mass appeal of the film to ensure $1 billion box office return and a ton of toy sales. Too dark of a story or a limitation on the franchise would be unacceptable to executives who want a great story, but need the audiences to turn out to buy tickets for the film and toys for their kids.

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