Toy Story 4 back on track for infinity and beyond, lands new writer Stephany Folsom

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Jan 18, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Prepare to explore infinity and beyond! Again! Toy Story 4 doesn't hit theaters until next year, but the fourth film in the franchise that put Pixar on the map just got a new writer.

Writer Stephany Folsom has signed on to write Toy Story 4. She recently worked on Thor: Ragnarok, but Deadline notes that the WGA denied her credit. She is also known for her Black List script, 1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon, which tells an alternative story of how director Stanley Kubrick worked with NASA to stage the moon landing.

Toy Story 4 hasn't had the smoothest of paths to the big screen. Back in July 2017, John Lasseter turned over the directing reigns to co-director Josh Cooley. Then in late 2017, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and partner Will McCormack, who were attached to write the upcoming sequel, left due to "creative and philosophical differences."

Back in Oct. 2016, Pixar decided to swap the release of Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2. This swap pushed Toy Story 4 back to mid-2019 -- which is just a year and a half away. So far, we know little about what could be in store for our favorite characters in Toy Story 4, but in a 2015 interview, Pixar studio president Jim Morris said this film is a stand-alone story rather than a continuation of the first three films and is a "love story," which has been rumored to be between Buzz and Bo Peep.

Toy Story 4 is set to come alive in theaters June 21, 2019. Are you excited to reunite with the gang?

(via Deadline)

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