Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Toy Story 4 has begun to pick up steam once again as it has found a new writer.
Stephany Folsom, who was recently embroiled in a feud with Marvel after being denied a “Story by” credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been selected by the legendary animation company to write the screenplay for the highly anticipated Toy Story sequel.
Initially, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack has signed on to write the script but departed the project sometime later. It was initially reported that the pair decided to step away from the film because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter towards Jones, but both Jones and McCormack debunked the reports in the New York Times, saying,
“We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances … We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences. Pixar has a a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”
So, who’s Stephany Folsom? She actually made the famed Black List for an incredibly different and entirely original script called 1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon. The story is an alternate-history feature of a publicist who convinces filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to work with NASA in order to fake the historic moon landing. As stated, Folsom was also one of the writers of Thor: Ragnarok, though she was denied credit on the film by the Writers Guild of America.
Toy Story 4, despite its behind the scenes problems, has remained as one of the most important movies Pixar is working on. John Lasseter once said that the franchise would only get a sequel if a great idea presented itself and it was not until the Pixar brain trust (Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Doctor and Lee Unkrich) got together to hash out a potential fourth Toy Story film. Now, we are one step closer to seeing Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy gang on screen once again.
Toy Story 4 rides like the wind into theatres on June 21, 2019.