If you’re wondering why Disney and Pixar are releasing another Toy Story movie, don’t think you’re alone. Personally, we think that a fourth outing for the gang seems pointless after the series seemingly wrapped up all the loose ends. Now though, the project has suffered something of a setback, as it’s been revealed that one of the co-directors, John Lasseter, will be stepping down from co-director duties on Toy Story 4.

Lasseter didn’t give a reason for the decision, instead throwing focus on to his co-director Josh Cooley – who will be taking over the project totally. The announcement was made during Disney’s D23 Expo 2017.

Lasseter’s previous work includes being the storyboard artists for The Incredibles, Cars, Tatatoulle, Up and Cars 2. He also served as a screenwriter for Inside Out – a critical hit for Disney and Pixar.

There’s so little news around the upcoming Toy Story 4 that it’s almost impossible to know what to make of it. Certainly the franchise is very much adored by fans, while Disney and Pixar would only want the best for their long running franchise. This being said, directoral changes are fairly common this far ahead of time. Disney confirmed that Toy Story 4 is a long way off yet – so there’s plenty of time for them to right the ship.

I’m just not sure if this is a good idea. It’ll be almost impossible to top the story set out in Toy Story 3, which for many was the perfect cap to the series. It set a perfect ending for the series, while giving all the closure fans wanted. There have been several shorts in the intervening years – but I’m just not sure if there’s enough in the franchise to get another one out the door. Time will tell I guess.

Toy Story 4 is currently slated for a 2019 release.

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