Disney Pixar has made some adjustments to its release schedule, flip-flopping the dates for two of its most highly-anticipated animated sequels. The studio has pushed Toy Story 4 from June 15, 2018 to June 21 2019. The 2019 date was the former spot for The Incredibles 2, which will now take over Toy Story 4‘s vacated June 15, 2018 spot. It isn’t known when production will begin on either of these projects.
Deadline didn’t offer any details about why this release date swap was made, but it comes a full year after Disney set the 2019 release date for The Incredibles 2. The last we heard about this sequel was back in August, when writer-director Brad Bird said the sequel will stay true to the original hit movie, while taking the story in a different direction. Now that this new release date is in place, perhaps we’ll get confirmation on casting or new characters soon.
It hasn’t been confirmed if the original Incredibles voice cast members such as Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible}, Holly Hunter (Elastigirl), Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone), Sarah Powell (Violet) and Spencer Fox (Dash) will return as the Parr family. Samuel L. Jackson teased in a 2014 interview that Brad Bird reportedly has every intention of bringing Frozone back, but nothing else is known about the story or what other characters may be back. This movie also spawned the popular animated short Jack-Jack Attack in 2005.
As for Toy Story 4, this is the second time the sequel has been delayed. Pixar first announced this sequel back in November 2014, with Pixar’s John Lasseter, who will direct the sequel, revealing the movie will open in June 2017. Last October, Disney announced the sequel was being pushed to June 15, 2018, which falls right between Transformers 6 and Oceans’ Eight on June 8, 2018, and Jurassic World 2 on June 22, 2018. Toy Story 4‘s new date on June 21, 2019 falls between an untitled Warner Bros./DC movie on June 14, 2019 and Transformers 7 on June 28, 2019.
Director John Lasseter revealed last March that Toy Story 4 will be a love story that won’t continue the story from the original trilogy. The filmmaker will direct from a script by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), which is based on a story that was crafted by Pixar luminaries John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Our last update on the sequel came last November, when Oscar winner Patricia Arquette entered talks to play a “hippie mother” character.