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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Toy Story 4 Is Officially A Thing That Is Happening - UPDATE

Per Variety

In an announcement made to Wall Street Analysts, Walt Disney Co. Chief Bob Iger announced that John Lasseter will be directing Toy Story 4, set for release in June 2017.

Toy Story 3, which took in nearly $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, was set to be the close of Pixar's first major franchise. But that has gone up in smoke, as this new entry will continue the tale, conceivably of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and co., though no details of the plot were actually released at this time.

Everything about this screams "really bad idea", but Pixar has been a bit of a whipping boy of late, having had recent stumbles with Brave and Cars 2. But perhaps they've cracked some new angle, we'll see.

UPDATE: This comes direct from Disney...

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 in the US on June 16, 2017. UK release date TBC

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