There’s plenty of ups and downs in the making of any major studio animated film, but Toy Story 4 sounds like it’s been a particularly tumultuous production.
Initially planned as a 2017 release to be directed by John Lasseter, the movie was later pushed back to 2018, then again to 2019. Lasseter stepped down from the director’s seat, clearing the way for Inside Out head of story Josh Cooley to take over. Then, producer Galyn Susman was swapped out for Inside Out producer Jonas Rivera. And finally, screenwriters Rashida Jones (pictured above) and Will McCormack were replaced by Stephany Folsom.
When the news of Jones and McCormack’s departure became public last November, they released a statement saying that they had left over “creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences,” specifically citing how Pixar has a “culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”