I don’t know if this makes it more palatable that a Toy Story 4 is even happening, but it will not be following the plot of Toy Story 3. This alone is a relief, because that ending was perfect. Flawless.
John Lasseter also won’t be directing Toy Story 4 by himself. Veteran Pixarian Josh Cooley will be co-directing the film. More to the point, since John Lasseter is in charge of all the creative development at all of the parks Disney runs….Josh Cooley is directing this movie.
So if we’re not going to follow the toys with their new owner, what exactly is TS4 going to be about? Apparently, it’s a love story (sound of millions of geeks screaming in pain as they remember George Lucas using the same pitch before Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Wooden Dialogue).
Disney Studio President Jim Morris, explained it this way: “The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind. It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.”
Lasseter has said the same thing and has credited the idea for the screenplay to Holy Pixar Trio Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are currently working on the full screenplay. The movie will hit theaters on June 16th, 2017, and now that I’ve broken a sufficient number of things in my house in protest, I do hope it’s good. Toy Story is a franchise that is absolutely flawless, and I’d hate to see that get messed up so we can learn how Buzz and Jesse fall in love or whatever’s going to happen.