by: Clark Allen
Disney head Bob Iger has just announced that John Lasseter will direct TOY STORY 4 for a 2017 release. This comes as a shock due to much evidence suggesting that a fourth entry in the successful Pixar franchise would not come to fruition. The picture will likely follow the antics of the lovable group of toys and their adventures beyond playtime. It is still unannounced as to whether or not the main cast will return to reprise their respective roles, but here’s hoping.
Lasseter is no stranger to the “Toy Story” series, as he directed the first two films and served as executive producer on the third, as well as breaking the story for all three. Lasseter now serves as the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and has been involved in every Pixar production, having served as an executive producer on every Pixar film and as director on “A Bug’s Life” and the two entires in the “Cars” series. He has also executive produced several Walt Disney Animation films, as well as the US releases for several Studio Ghibli films. Lasseter has an incredible slate of upcoming animated projects for Walt Disney Animation and Pixar including “Finding Dory,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Untitled Dia de los Muertos Project,” “Inside Out,” “Zootopia,” “Moana” and “The Incredibles 2.” Lasseter will also direct “Cars 3.”
Lasseter is repped by AMPAS