Most fans of Pixar’s Toy Story franchise would assume that Toy Story 3 was the last movie in the franchise, as it managed to close the book on Woody and the gang’s life with Andy so beautifully that the TV specials no longer attempted to delve deep into their relationship with their new owner. However, John Lasseter has recently revealed that the studio is bringing back the iconic franchise to the big screens in June 16, 2017. While no specific plot details were revealed, Lassetter’s statement points to a continuation of the toys’ adventures after Andy, instead of a prequel.
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.
The story was conceived by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. 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.