Just when you thought the Toy Story universe was complete, Pixar surprised everyone with their ‘Toy Story 4‘ announcement yesterday. And guess who is coming back to direct the film? John Lasseter. That’s right, the original Toy Story director will be returning to work on this project.
Lasseter told The LA Times that this latest Toy Story film will be a love story, and it will pick up right where Toy Story 3 left off. He also made it clear that they are not creating this sequel strictly to make money. He, and everyone else working on the film, truly believes this story needs to be told.
“A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it’s pure passion. We only make sequels when we have a story that’s as good as or better than the original.”
So, who came up with this new idea for the franchise? The original Toy Story writing team; Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton, Peter Docter and Mr. Lasseter.
“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.”
But wait, there’s more! It’s also being reported that Rashida Jones (Parks & Rec) and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) will be joining the project to help write the script. As of right now, the film is expected to be released in theaters June 16, 2017.
What do you think about this announcement? Are you excited? Or are you worried they could ruin the perfect ending we had in Toy Story 3?