‘Toy Story 4’ delayed until 2018

Film was originally due in summer 2017

Toy Story 4 has been pushed back by a year.

The fourth instalment in the animated franchise was originally due in summer 2017, but now the US release date has been delayed until June 15, 2018. It will be released in UK cinemas on July 13, 2018.

Disney Pixar confirmed last November that Toy Story 4 is in the works with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprising their popular roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear respectively.

Disney Pixar’s president recently revealed that the sequel will not continue the story from Toy Story 3. Instead, the eagerly anticipated sequel will be a “separate story” designed as a “romantic comedy”.

Disney also announced in November that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have signed up to write the animated sequel. The pair previously penned the acclaimed 2012 comedy-drama Celeste & Jesse Forever. Jones is also known for her acting roles in Parks And Recreation and I Love You Man.

Josh Cooley, described by Disney Pixar as a “rising star” of its creative team, will co-direct alongside John Lasseter, who helmed the first two Toy Story films. Cooley served as a storyboard artist on films including The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille before working his way up to Head of Story on this year’s Inside Out.