Disney Pixar has announced that Josh Cooley, who served as head of story on this summer's Inside Out, will co-direct Toy Story 4, alongside John Lasseter. The sequel was first announced back in November, with the studio setting a June 4, 2017 release date and bringing on Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who co-wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, to write the screenplay. Here's what Josh Cooley had to say to Variety about Toy Story 4.
"To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!"
No voice actors have been confirmed, but Toy Story 4 will likely bring back Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) and the rest of the Toy Story stars. No story details have been confirmed at this time, but Pixar studio president Jim Morris revealed earlier this month that Toy Story 4 will not be a continuation of the trilogy that ended with 2010's Toy Story 3. He also said that there will not be much interaction between the toy characters and the children, and there will also be a romantic comedy element as well.
Josh Cooley previously directed the short film George & AJ, and served as story editor on the short film Toy Story: Small Fry and the feature-length Pixar adventure Inside Out, which hits theaters June 19. He has also lent his voice to smaller roles in Up, Toy Story: Small Fry and Toy Story of Terror!. He started his career as an intern at Pixar, working in the story department on Cars.