This is not a drill!
Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's (Bonnie's?) toys are coming back for a fourth movie. Disney has announced that Toy Story 4 will be hitting theaters in June 2017. John Lasseter, who directed Cars and the original Toy Story, is returning to direct.
Here's what he had to say about returning to the franchise:
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.
The plot for Toy Story 4 has been dreamt up by the creative dream team responsible for writing the original Toy Story, Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, and from the sounds of it, they've cooked up something really special for the fourth installment of the mega-successful franchise:
Here's Lasseter again:
‘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.
It's also been confirmed that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will be joining the writing team.
The third movie tied the series up so neatly, how will the writers handle a whole new storyline?
Will Bonnie take the team on a new adventure? Will Bo Peep make an appearance? Will they need to contend with new "digital toys" of today's kids?
Whatever the premise, I just hope my tear ducts can endure another round of perfectly packaged nostalgia.