Lasseter to Direct ‘Toy Story 4’ Debuting in 2017

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The original “Toy Story” film hit theaters almost 20 years ago. (Crazy to think, isn’t it?) Woody and Buzz captured the hearts of fans worldwide, and thus began the “Toy Story” franchise.  John Lasseter, the director of the original film and its first sequel, will be stepping in to direct the fourth installment.

The film is slated for release June 16, 2017, almost exactly a year after upcoming “Finding Dory” is scheduled to be released (it’s only off by a day!). Other upcoming films on Pixar’s immediate release timeline include “Inside Out” (June 19, 2015) and “The Good Dinosaur” (November 25, 2015).

After thinking the series had wrapped up and finished, Lasseter, along with Pixar alums and original Toy Story creators Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, and Pete Docter cooked up a new idea and hit the ground running to work on the new chapter. They are joined by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack to write the script. (You may know Jones from “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, and McCormack starred in “The Sopranos” and the film “Must Love Dogs”.) Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (“Toy Story of TERROR!”, “Toy Story That Time Forgot”) will produce the film.

I personally feel that there is no need for any additional films. I love seeing the shorts! I think they’re great. But there’s just no need for a full-length feature film. I grew up with these movies and cared about Andy and the toys; I really don’t care about Bonnie at all, and I don’t see myself developing much of a relationship with her. It isn’t confirmed that Bonnie will be a big part in this film, but since she owns Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang, I think it is implied.

I’m interested to hear what you all think about this. Was the “Toy Story” franchise ready to finish, or is there more to tell?

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