The Toys are back! Toy Story 4 officially confirmed for 2017

More Toy Story 4The Toy Story trilogy is one of the must successful film franchises of all time, and even though the latest film seemed to be the perfect way to say goodbye to Woody, Buzz and all the other amazing characters, it has now been announced by Disney’s company chief Bob Iger that Pixar will produce a fourth Toy Story film, due for release in June 2017 (joining How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Despicable Me 3).

Disney and Pixar have confirmed that studio animation boss John Lasseter will return to the director’s chair to helm the fourth installment of the story. Lasseter directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can bring to this fourth film. We also know that a huge part of the Pixar brain trust –  John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pete Docter (Monsters Inc, Up) – helped come up with the idea for the story. The script will be written by Celeste & Jesse Forever duo Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who have now joined the writing team at Pixar. Lasseter made a short statement on the new sequel and his desire to return the director’s chair:

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.

Lasseter has reportedly told The LA Times that Toy Story 4 will pick up where its predecessor ended and that it will take the form of a love story. No further plot details have yet been announced.

At the time of its release, Toy Story 3 was the highest grossing animation film of all time, until Frozen took its place earlier this year, so it will be interesting to see how Toy Story 4 does in comparison.

With this recent news, many may accuse Pixar of sinking back into sequel territory, with Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 all currently being developed by the studio, but for others, Toy Story 4 may be a welcome return to the franchise and a chance to revisit characters already well-loved around the world.

What do you think of this recent news? Are you looking forward to Woody and Buzz’s fourth outing? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources. Empire, BBC News

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