Ever since the second delay of Toy Story 4 was announced last October, pushing the film back to a June 21, 2019 release, hardly any updates have been shared about the movie. However, just today Pixar Post made the discovery that a new writer is being credited with penning the Toy Story 4 screenplay.
This new detail surfaced in articles from Variety, Rolling Stone, and The Hollywood Reporter, listing Toy Story 4 as one of the projects screenwriter Martin Hynes has been associated with. According to iMDb, Hynes is mostly known for his work on independent films such as George Lucas in Love and The Go-Getter, and has also written for Universal/Imagine, Disney, and New Line. In regards to Toy Story 4, what is not known is how long he has been working with Pixar on the story, and whether he is writing in collaboration with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack – who were previously named the sequel’s writers – or has replaced them entirely.
When Toy Story 4 was first pushed back from its original 2017 release date, Pete Docter was mentioned as having joined the writing team. Now, following the second schedule shift, yet another writer has been brought on board; and I hope that this is the positive change that was needed to resolve the story troubles that have apparently been plaguing the movie’s production for the past several years. With Hynes’ film The Go-Getter being described as a road movie and a love story, that could provide some clues as to why he was chosen for the project: we already know that Toy Story 4 is about Woody’s quest to be reunited with his lost love Bo Peep, a journey that will take the toys on the road to find her.
Recently, Co-Director Josh Cooley shared a funny tweet about a clearly-fake Toy Story 4 bootleg DVD. I tend to take that as a good sign, because I don’t think that a filmmaker would joke around about a movie that was still struggling. That, combined with this news of a new screenwriter, and some previous positive remarks from Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton, hopefully indicates that Toy Story 4 is finally falling into place. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available!