The past weekend has been a busy one down at D23 in Anaheim. There Disney announced that Toy Story helmer and Pixar CCO John Lasseter, has decided to step down into an executive producer role on the forthcoming Toy Story 4 to give some new blood a chance to inject some goodness into the franchise.
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The fourth in the saga will have Josh Cooley and Jonas Rivera, who have both worked on Pixar’s Inside Out and Up together, co-directing the new animation which is co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
Lasseter also went on to confirm that the new adventure for Woody and friends will pick up eight years after Toy Story 3 with the toys now living with Bonnie. Woody and Buzz set out on an epic journey to find Bo Peep whom Woody is in love with.
Cooley also went on to tease that the events in the film could take place during a family vacation. He also said that his colleagues are busy with an RV trip for research at the moment.
Two years ago, Cooley had given an interview in which he conveyed his happiness at being at the helm with Lasseter on Toy Story 4 “To be co-director of ‘Toy Story 4’ with John, who brought the ‘Toy Story’ characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw ‘Toy Story,’ I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer generated-animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. ‘Toy Story 4’ will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!” he said.
Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, and Annie Potts as Bo Peep all return for the beloved series which will also see composer Randy Newman back to compose the score.
Toy Story 4 is looking to be released June 2019.