The announcement was made by Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during a meeting for investors on Thursday. We had first speculated about a fourth film in 2011.
“John [Lasseter] created Toy Story and directed the first two films, and it’s great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties,” Iger said.
Toy Story 3 wrapped up the CGI series neatly, and seemed to imply there was no need for another sequel. But then, in a lunch with Pixar executives Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Unkrich, the ideas began to flow. “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 an interview with the LA Times. “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.”
“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,” Lasseter continued. “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.”
A detailed synopsis has not been released, but Lasseter gave the LA Times a sneak peak. He said that Toy Story 3 left off.will be a love story and will pick up where
The previous cast is anticipated to return for this fourth sequel. The current date of release foris June 16, 2017.