TOY STORY 4 Coming June 2017 with John Lasseter Directing

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Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in the company’s earnings call with analysts that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter will return for the fourth installment in the series and it will be released on June 16, 2017.

Actors-turned-screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste & Jesse Forever) have joined the Pixar’s project as writers. The story idea came from Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich.

Although officially unconfirmed, it’s a near certainty that “a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the ‘Toy Story‘ gang” will feature the return of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and the rest of the hit franchise’s voice talents.

“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,”

Lasseter said in a statement.

I think it was great as a trilogy and the last one was a perfect end to the story….Cmon, Pixar, do something new. This is only for merchandising reasons because a movie about toys will sell toys.

Anyway, two years after Pixar’s last feature film Monsters University, the new film Inside Out will open in June of 2015 and three more Pixar films will hit before Toy Story 4, including The Good Dinosaur (also 2015); Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory (2016); and still untitled/unknown Disney/Pixar film set for June of 2016.

With Pixar, Disney Animation, Marvel, Lucas Film and if they buy Studio Ghibli, the Mouse House could have a new movie in theaters for every month from April to September. Hail Hydra!