Official details revealed for Toy Story 4, though, straight from the mouth of Disney’s chief creative officer and Toy Story 4 director, John Lasseter.
In an interview with LA Times, Lasseter revealed Toy Story 4 will be a love story and that it will start at the point where Toy Story 3 left off, when Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy gang were given to a little girl named Bonnie. I’m sure the love story will be between two of the toy characters… but who? He doesn’t give away any specifics, but he does talk about why they are moving forward with this fourth film in the franchise:
“A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it’s pure passion. 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.”
According to the report, Lasseter came up with the idea during a lunch meeting that he held in his office with Pixar directors and creative executivesPete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich. Over the last couple of years Lasseter and Stanton wrote a story treatment, and after seeing the 2012 comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever, they brought in Rashida Jones and Will McCormack to help write the script. On why he brought them on board, Lasseter says,
“They have such a great sense of character and originality, and I wanted to get a strong female voice in the writing of this.”
Lasseter may be the chief creative officer at Disney, but his heart is still in directing, which if why he decided to talk on the project. He explains,
“One of the things that was very important for me as an artist is to continue directing. When I direct, I get to work with the individual artists, with the animators. It’s very important to keep young talent coming into the studios … to get back in and help tell stories.”