Toy Story 4 is suffering in endless development hell at the moment.
The movie was pushed back last year, with The Incredibles 2 taking its release slot in 2018. After yet another year of work on the film, the project seems to still be mired in controversy.
Now, there’s a new fly in the ointment, as it’s been revealed that Disney head honcho John Lasseter, much like seemingly half of all the men in Hollywood, has been involved in what he calls “missteps”, but what other people at Disney call sexual misconduct.
It turns out that Lasseter “made an unwanted advance” on Rashida Jones, one of the original writers for Toy Story 4. As a result, Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack left the project, meaning that Disney had to grab a new team of writers to fill in the gaps.
This, it should go without saying, is not good for the fate of Toy Story 4.
The film has proven difficult for Disney since the start, and it’s difficult to understand why Disney feels it’s necessary anyway, apart from keeping the Toy Story brand relevant to keep toy sales chugging along.
Toy Story 3 features perhaps the most perfect ending of any Disney film in history. If Up has the perfect cinematic intro, then Toy Story 3 has the perfect conclusion. A nice, neat little bow is tied upon the franchise, with the culmination of plot points that stretch back all the way to the opening of the first movie in the series.
Naturally, with such a perfect conclusion, Disney is having a really hard time inventing an excuse for another instalment.
Now, as Lasseter’s allegations have come to light, and as the movie’s problems continue to mount up, Disney really ought to do the smart thing, and bury this new film the same way they buried the original straight-to-video Toy Story 3 they were working on fifteen years ago.
It’s better for the franchise’s longevity if the series isn’t sullied by a jumbled mess – especially one that, if it turns out to be anything less than perfect – will be remembered be the world as a movie that was broken thanks to John Lasseter’s inability to keep his hands to himself.
Come on, Disney, please. Don’t ruin our childhood nostalgia. Kill your dumb attempt to eek more money out of the Toy Story franchise, and allow us to cherish the closure that Toy Story 3 provides.