In an interview with the BBC back in June 2011, actor Tom Hanks (Toy Story's Woody) spilled the beans that a fourth installment in the Toy Story series of movies was being worked on. Today, Disney (parent company of Pixar) made it official during a earnings call, there will be a Toy Story 4. Toy Story 4 will be released June 16, 2017 and will once again be directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story & Toy Story 2), with stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) reprising their roles.
Toy Story 4 will be a love story and picks up where Toy Story 3 left off, with the gang in the care of the little girl Bonnie. Lasseter insisted that this sequel is not something that was automatically in the cards:
"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."
The idea for the fourth Toy Story movie came about at a lunch with Lasseter, Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). They developed the story over two years and pulled in writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Lasseter especially wanted someone like Jones on the project because he especially "wanted to get a strong female voice in the writing of this."
Disney's 2017 is certainly looking interesting with the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel (May 5), Thor: Ragnarok (July 28), Black Panther (November 3), and now Toy Story 4 (June 16) all hitting the big screen (and also most likely a Star Wars film *whew*).