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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).