Cooley To Co-Direct “Toy Story 4”

Josh Cooley, who served as story head on the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Inside Out,” has been hired as John Lasseter’s co-director on the upcoming fourth film in the “Toy Story” film franchise.

Speaking with Variety about his hiring, Cooley says: “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!”

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are co-writing the film which is considered a separate story to the previous trilogy and will have more of a romantic comedy vibe. The film is currently targeting a 2017 release.