Disney/Pixar has extended the life of their beloved Toy Story characters past Toy Story 3 with short films, but for years audiences have wondered if Woody, Buzz, and the gang would be back in another feature length film. Today, Disney/Pixar has confirmed that they are indeed planning a new iteration in the franchise, and that it already has a release date scheduled: June 16th, 2017.
We’re guessing all of the main cast members will be back to voice their iconic characters, and they’ll be reunited with Toy Story 1 & 2 director John Lasseter, who will be back behind the camera to direct this film. And here’s a cool bit of news: “Parks and Recreation” star Rashida Jones is co-writing the film with her writing partner Will McCormack. The two wrote a solid drama called Celeste and Jesse Forever that came out a couple of years ago, so it should be interesting to see how they transition into a group of characters with personalities that have already been defined over the years.
This is amazing news for fans of the franchise. Not only are we getting another Toy Story sequel, but it’s coming from the Pixar dream team: the story was crafted by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Where does the gang go without Andy in the backdrop of their lives? Looks like we’ll find out in a couple of years.
Here’s the full press release:
Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with “Toy Story,” it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters.
John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three “Toy Story” films.
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. “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.”
Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste and Jesse Forever”) joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!” and “Toy Story that Time Forgot”) is producing.
The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
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