It’s no easy feat to craft a trilogy that satisfies equally–beginning, middle and end–and even harder to have the latter parts best the ones that came before, but TOY STORY 3 was a film that slid victoriously into home and left anyone with a soul and an ounce of childhood nostalgia a blubbering mess. So, when Pixar announced TOY STORY 4, it was hard to feel excited about a property that had been given such a satisfying send-off.
However, new details have come out via an interview for Disney Latino with studio president, Jim Morris, and they should make Pixar’s intentions a bit clearer and possibly alleviate some worries surrounding the project.
According to Morris, TOY STORY 4 will not be a continuation of Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s stories, but will be a new, most-likely standalone tale that will be a “romantic-comedy.”
Morris also said that the film is progressing quite nicely, currently having been through a few table reads. He must have also picked up on some of the anxiety around the project and wanted to assure fans that this was not a cash-grab, but something based off an “irresistible” idea that John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich dreamt up. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who previously wrote the dramedy CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER together, will be teaming up on the script.
Whether the film will focus on previously established side characters from the franchise or entirely new ones is yet to be seen, but the romcom angle is certainly interesting. It’s still too soon to really get excited about a fourth installment, but Pixar’s mostly stellar track record should afford them some benefit of the doubt with their fans. So, for now, consider me cautiously optimistic on this one.
Look for the Lasseter directed TOY STORY 4 to hit theaters June 16, 2017.