In a move that could either overjoy or deeply worry franchise fans, Pixar is bringing back Woody and the gang for Toy Story 4 in 2017. The film, a “love story” that picks up where Toy Story 3 left off, is promisingly set to be directed by Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter, who also serves as Pixar’s chief creative officer and worked on the story with Pixar dream team Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich.
Lasseter expressed an understanding of the trepidation many fans might feel upon news of yet another sequel, explaining in a statement, “We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But 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.”
The Toy Story 4 screenplay will be co-written by Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Rec) and her Celeste and Jesse Forever writing partner Will McCormack. With any luck, there will be fewer (or more?) scenes that make us sob like babies this time around.