Nigh on 20 years after Pixar burst onto the scene with the world’s first CG-animated feature film, the Toy Story legacy is set to continue as Disney-Pixar reveals plans for Toy Story 4, which will bring the franchise’s iconic characters back to theaters June 16, 2017.
Toy Story and Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter will return to the helm for the fourth feature-length outing, which will open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toy box crew. The story was conceived by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich.
“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.