Pixar confirmed today that the global animated hit Toy Story will receive its third sequel in 2017 with John Lasseter returning in the director’s seat. Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and the whole gang are expected to return for Toy Story 4. After nearly two decades, the franchise that made Pixar the animated powerhouse they are today still has gas left in the tank. Learn more about the production after the break.
There have not been any details pertaining to this newly announced sequel, but Lasseter is truly excited to bring the gang all back to the big screen:
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. ‘Toy Story 3’ ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another ‘Toy Story’ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”
In a unique choice of writers, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will write the screenplay, whom together both developed Celeste and Jesse Forever. The original Toy Story was written by Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Joe Ranft and has basically been within the Pixar wheelhouse with every sequel. It is an interesting move to gather talent from outside their means.
Perhaps the animation studio is looking to begin anew with a fresh take on the toy characters since their transition to new owners in Toy Story 3. We’ve seen the the toys “grow” old together with Andy, so hopefully they can evolve the franchise beyond what we have already seen. Bonnie is a great new owner for the toys and Jones and McCormack could tell an interesting story from a female owners point-of-view.
Lasseter has directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2, with Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo co-direct Lee Unkrich filling in for Toy Story 3. All three films have made a combined total of almost $2 billion.
Toy Story 4 is slated for release on June 16, 2017. Another untitled Pixar film is schedule to release the same year in November.
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