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Stephany Folsom Hired to Write ‘Toy Story 4’

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The road to Woody and Buzz’s fourth big adventure may be a rocky one for Pixar, but fear not. According to Deadline, production looks to be getting back on track, as Pixar has assigned up-and-coming writer Stephane Folsom to helm the much-delayed Toy Story 4.

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​Folsom is relatively new to the screenwriting business, as she made the Black List for her original screenplay of a project called 1969: A Space Odyssey or: How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon. She was also initially one of the writers for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok but was denied credit by the Writers Guild of America.

​Folsom is set to replace writing duo Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who were originally working on Toy Story 4‘s script. The duo’s reasoning for departing was not because of the misconduct of Pixar chief John Lasseter (who stepped down from directing the film) as initially reported but rather due to creative and philosophical differences.

Toy Story 4 was originally visioned as a romantic comedy centered around Woody and Bo Peep. It is currently unknown if that premise will still be retained in Folsom’s new script.

Pixar movies with production issues tend to get a less-than-stellar reputation as we saw with Brave and The Good Dinosaur. Add in the fact that Toy Story 4 has a lot of live up to its legendary predecessors (even though I’m among the minority who disliked the third movie), and it might be possible that this fourth entry might end up with the same fate. It’s still too early to fully determine the outcome, but hopefully, Folsom could deliver a worthy fourth adventure with the toys and their new owner Bonnie.

​Directed by Pixar storyboard artist Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 is still aimed for a June 21, 2019 release, nine years after the third film.

Are you still keen to see Woody and friends once again, or do you think this sequel is unnecessary? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Manuel Orozco

    Whatever it takes to complete it, I’m still cautious about Toy Story 4. At first I wasn’t looking forward to it because 3 ended the main story arc splendidly. But Bo Peep bouncing back in gave me hope.

  • Well still think it’s unnecessary but glad they’re deciding to still keep the angle that a woman is writing this movie. Idk until I see footage or pictures I’m still not completely on board with this

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  • Jordan Briskin

    Simply put, I think that the series should have ended with TOY STORY 3.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I thought of it at first. But then when we got to know about the story is when I was started getting excited.

  • Not super excited about this development, but at least Lasseter’s not directing anymore.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I actually find it sad he’s not doing it because Toy Story was his brainchild

      • He didn’t direct the last one either, and it turned out great.

        But yeah, the poor guy, having to face consequences for his actions. So sad.

        • Manuel Orozco

          True and sad indeed

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  • I’m curious but still I prefer that Toy Story remains a perfect trilogy.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I wouldn’t call the trilogy perfect but simply enjoyable.

  • Jeremiah

    So. We’re months and moths into this. And the writers have gone and are replaced with an unknown writer who seems to have a history of stirring up workplace drama. We’ll jus’ hafta see.

  • Harith Sami

    It will probably be delayed, John Lasseter might not return to the film soon, and a complete rewrite means that the film is still in pre-production. I don’t see it coming out next June.
    Not excited, still curious to know what it will be about. Last time Pixar had a production troubles or a director change we got *Brave: the wasted potential* and *the Not So Good Dinosaur*.
    I want Pixar to return making more high-quality original films, no more sequels !
    Just after the Incredibles 2 of course. (am part of the problem, ain’t I ?)

    • Manuel Orozco

      The only sequels I want after Incredibles 2 are Cars 4 and Inside Out 2. I do share your doubt of not making 2019 and Pixar taking the year off completely. I did enjoy Brave and Good Dinosaur but would have been a little more. (no humor intended)

      • Harith Sami

        I don’t know about Cars 4, but Inside Out 2 might work with a “coming out of age” story similar to Andy in TS3, other than that I think a series of shorts will be more suitable. (similar to cars toons series) that would be amusing and fun and can center about people other than Riley.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Shorts can be good too. I just feel like they are so many possibilities that Rileys story can go with her emotions. As for Cars 4, I know for a fact that even though Lightning has embarked on a new chapter in life, I don’t think we have seen the last of him or his Radiator Springs family now including Cruz.