Disney and Pixar are continuing one of their most successful series with a fourth installment in “Toy Story.”
The sequel, first announced in 2014, was originally set up for a summer 2017 release. However, the project has since been met with a number of delays. According to Collider, John Lasseter was attached to direct and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack were hired to write the screenplay.
In October 2015, though, “Toy Story 4” was delayed to 2018 with work still needed on the script. Then, Collider reports that in 2017, Lasseter stepped down and was replaced in the director’s chair by Josh Cooley.
More issues came up when Jones and McCormack stepped back from the project, following accusations against Lasseter of sexual harassment. As a result, Stephany Folson, who recently worked on “Thor: Ragnarok,” was brought in to complete the screenplay.
With a new crew on board, “Toy Story 4” appears to be back on track, with a release date set for June 21, 2019. The date was tweeted by Cooley on Sunday, April 8.
At the weekend box office, it was the horror/thriller “A Quiet Place” smashing the competition, taking in $50 million. The amount had twice as much as the second place earner “Ready Player One,” which grossed $25 million. In third place was the other new release, “Blockers.”
The full top five was:
1. A Quiet Place – $50,000,000
2. Ready Player One – $25,060,000
3. Blockers – $21,439,000
4. Black Panther – $8,430,000
5. I Can Only Imagine – $8,356,8000
For the small screen, a few movies are coming out for home viewing that received award attention:
- Phantom Thread, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%, My Rating: 4.4 out of 5, 2017 Honorable Mention.
- The Greatest Showman, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%, My Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
- Molly’s Game, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%, My Rating: 3.8 out of 5.
- All the Money in the World, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%, My Rating: 3.7 out of 5.