Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Sutdios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with Toy Story, the studio revealed plans a fourth Toy Story movie.
John Lasseter, director of the first two Toy Story movies will direct the film, which will “open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang.”
“We love these characters so much. They are like families to us,” Lasseter said in a Disney press release. “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 Andrews [Stanton], Pete [Docter] and Lee [Unkrich] 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.”
The writing team for Toy Story 4 will be Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) and Rashida Jones. The film is slated for a June 16, 2017 release.
Disney released a teaser earlier this week of a holiday special that will air on ABC TV stations in December and rumors had been swirling for a while now.