Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Official: Toy Story 4 Coming in 2017!

It's been rumoured for a long time- pretty much since Toy Story 3 came out in fact. Tom Hanks seemingly confirmed it would happen eventually in an interview years ago, but only now is it official: Toy Story 4 is happening. Announced by Disney bosses in an investor's meeting (oh, the glamour!), it's US release is currently set for June 2017.

Details are unsurprisingly sparse at this early stage, but Pixar legend- and original Toy Story hemler- John Lasseter is returning to the director's chair. The story has been cooked up by four of Pixar's leading creative minds- Lasseter himself, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, all of who were heavily involved in making the original trilogy what it was. The script is being written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who previously collaborated on the movie Celeste and Jesse Forever.

Unsurprisingly this news has been met with some cynicism on some corners of the internet. The argument goes that Toy Story 3 wrapped up the story perfectly, so why go back? Surely it's a move motivated more by commercial concerns than creative ones, another sign of Pixar's decline? But while, yes it's a safe choice, signs are good that they are making it now for the right reasons- that they have found a story worth telling. As Lasseter puts it:

"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.”
 So if you don't mind, we're going to stay excited about this one. We can't wait to find out the story they've come up with. Are you excited for another outing for Buzz, Woody and Co? Let us know down below!

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