It’s official: we’re getting Toy Story 4.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, in a quarterly earnings call for investors, has today announced that Toy Story 4 will be hitting our screens on June 16, 2017.
John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the Toy Story franchise, is to take the helm. Lasseter, Lee Unkrich (who directed Toy Story 3), Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter are being credited for the story, which will see a screenplay by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. And yes, that’s Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones attached to write.
“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,” Lasseter said, trying to reassure those that are worried another Toy Story film may ruin a wonderful trilogy.
“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 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.”
There’s no word yet on whether Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will return to voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, though it would be very surprising if they aren’t signed up.
Toy Story 3 earned a massive $1.063 BILLION in worldwide revenue, making it the highest grossing animated film of all time until a little film called Frozen came along. It’s no real surprise that the studio is keen to squeeze that franchise a little more, let’s just hope the fourth chapter earns a nice place alongside the much loved first three films.