Toy Story 4 has gone through some major drama since production began.
The movie, which was originally set for a June 15 release, has been pushed back a year and is now set to hit theaters on June 21, 2019. If June 15 sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’ve marked your calendar for Incredibles 2, which has since taken its place in the slot.
Annie Potts, AKA the voice of Little Bo Peep in the Toy Story films, told Radio Times that much of the pushback was a result of Pixar trashing most of the script and rewriting almost the entire thing. Original writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack dropped out of their involvement with the movie because of the age-old adage of creative differences. The duo asserted said their swift exit was because they believed women and people of color did not have “an equal creative voice” at Pixar, and not because of John Lasseter, who was originally the co-director of Toy Story 4, but stepped down in July after sexual harassment complaints. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.
Before exiting stage left, Jones and McCormack’s plan was to write the film as more of a romantic comedy featuring the characters than a direct sequel.
According to Potts, Toy Story movies take about two years to complete, so the rewrite was a significant bump in the road. Potts said, “because they threw most of it in the bin and started over, my time on the project has been extended a little bit. I’ve done a lot of work on it.” She’s thrilled to still have a big part in the film so it’s definitely not the last we’ve seen of Woody and Bo Peep.
H/t: Radio Times