Disney Pixar confirms plans for Toy Story 4

Disney Pixar confirms plans for Toy Story 4

Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody are coming back to the big screen.

Disney Pixar has announced plans to produce Toy Story 4, with a release date of June 16 2017.

Pixar chief John Lasseter, who directed the first two Toy Story films, will be behind the camera for number four.

Lasseter says his team has come up with a new idea for the franchise that he cannot stop thinking about and the fourth Toy Story instalment will “open a new chapter” in the lives of Woody, Buzz and their playful pals.

"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," Lasseter told The LA Times.

"We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original.

"We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do."

"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. 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."

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have also joined the writing team while Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is producing.

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