Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you know that last week Disney announced that it's official - there will be a [Toy Story 4](movie:335430) to be released June 2017! Fans have already been speculating about the plot, attempting to figure out what angle Pixar will take furthering the already wildly popular franchise.
So, what do we already know?
There will be a love story
In an LA Times interview, director John Lasseter dropped that the fourth movie would be a love story taking off from the end of Toy Story 3. That means it'll branch off from when Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys were given to a little girl named Bonnie. We know the love story will take place between two of the toys - we aren't sure which, yet.
Lasseter assures us the catalyst for the sequel is not profit, but passion
The folks at Pixar don't play when it comes to animation blockbusters. In today's Hollywood climate, a lot of the time, sequels are made because it's a proven formula and regardless of how good the product is, it will do well in the box office. Lasseter wants fans to know that's not the case with this movie:
"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. 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."
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will help with the script
The hilarious Rashida Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack kind of auditioned to write for this role with their 2012 movie Celeste and Jesse Forever. Lasseter really enjoyed the writing and had a very clear reason for bringing them on board:
"They have such a great sense of character and originality, and I wanted to get a strong female voice in the writing of this."
The Avengers will make a cameo appearance?
Artist Lisa Leeman's depiction of the crossover of Toy Story with The Avengers is fun to look at and all, but is something along the lines of an Avengers storyline really that likely? People have been speculating that they will have a cameo appearance in the film. I wouldn't be surprised at something quick and low key, but I doubt they'll be heavily featured (in toy form or otherwise).
John Lasseter will direct
Even though John Lasseter is the Chief Creative Officer at Disney and could easily be pretty hands-off with the newest film, he has made it clear that he will be the director:
"One of the things that was very important for me as an artist is to continue directing. When I direct, I get to work with the individual artists, with the animators. It's very important to keep young talent coming into the studios ... to get back in and help tell stories."
Tim Allen and Tom Hanks are on board
The iconic voices of Buzz Lightyear and Woody will be played by Allen and Hanks, as reported by Rolling Stone.
The first Toy Story came out in 1995. The franchise will be 22 years old when the fourth movie comes out in 2017. Fans are undoubtedly hopeful that they will go out with a bang.