Posted on 12 October 2015 by Rich Drees
Marvel Studios wasn’t the only Disney subsidiary to make some changes to their release schedule this weekend. Pixar has announced dates for the release of two films we knew were in development – including the sequels The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 – as well as pushing back the premier of the fourth Toy Story by a year. All total, Disney has announced dates for six films, extending their calendar all the way out to 2020.
First on the schedule is Cars 3 which will be arriving in theaters on June 16, 2017 while Brad Bird will be bringing his superhero family sequel The Incredibles 2 to theaters on June 21, 2019. Making way for Cars 3, Toy Story 4 is now scheduled for June 15, 2018.
And while Disney announced that the previously untitled Pixar film scheduled for November 22, 2017 now has a title – Coco – it also announced two more dates for untitled projects – March 13, 2020 and June 19, 2020.
Posted on 06 November 2014 by Rich Drees
Disney is having a busy day today. First they had Lucasfilm announce the title for the upcoming seventh Star Wars film. And then they followed that up by mentioning in their quarterly earnings call this afternoon that their Pixar division is in the midst of working on a fourth Toy Story film for release in June 2017.
The first Toy Story film solidified Pixar’s reputation as the premier computer-generated animation studio whose output, though somewhat shakey in the last several years, has remained in general unrivaled nearly two decades later.
John Lasseter, who directed the first two Toy Story films, is back at the helm of this fourth installment with the Celeste And Jesse Forever writing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack handling the script chores.
Over on the Official Disney Fan Club website, Lasseter stated –
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 [Pixar creative braintrust] Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], and Lee [Unkrich], 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.
Outside of the Toy Story films, Pixar has not had much critical luck with their sequels. And even some of their recent films have not scored as well. (I’m looking at you Brave.) And even though Toy Story 3 did provide a good capstone to the story of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest, with Lasseter at the helm, I don’t think there is any chance that this won’t disappoint.
Posted on 27 June 2011 by Rich Drees
Tom Hanks has been out beating the drum hard to support his new film Larry Crowne. This morning he appeared on the BBC’s Breakfast News program where, towards the end of the interview, the reporter casually asked if there would be a fourth Toy Story film. To which Hanks replied –
I think there will be yeah. Yeah, yeah. They’re working on it now. There you go.
Well, while I can’t say for certain without seeing the interview itself, I think that Hanks is just pulling the poor presenter’s leg here. As he has been making the publicity rounds, Hanks has been a bit silly in many of appearances. If you’ve seen his appearance on Telemundo where he winds up dancing with the program’s weathergirl then you know what I’m talking about.
Granted, if someone at PIXAR came up with a great story for a fourth Toy Story feature, I’m sure that they would go ahead and develop it. But given that the last film opened just a year ago and everyone seemed adamant that it would be the last, I don’t think that anyone is seriously considering another feature. I would also hazard the guess that given the critical drubbing Cars 2 took this past weekend that the idea of doing a sequel to any PIXAR film has probably cooled somewhat.
For now, let’s leave this in the realm of “rumor only.”
Via Bleeding Cool.