*UPDATE: Actress Rashida Jones will help co-write the script of Toy Story 4, along with Will McCormack. John Lasseter also released the following statement:
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” Lasseter said. “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.”
John Lasseter has signed on to direct Toy Story 4, according to the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger. The company will release the Pixar movie in June of 2017.
Iger broke the news to Wall Street Analysts after discussing Disney’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results.
The movie will, naturally, be a sequel to 2010’s Toy Story 3, the deeply emotional movie that made $1.1 billion at worldwide box office.
Disney is coming off an incredible run with Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time. Fresh off that victory, perhaps they feel confident in revamping the Toy Story series, but after the last one felt so final, can Toy Story 4 top that incredible film?