Toy Story 4 will not be a direct continuation from the previous three films, it has been revealed. Pixar president Jim Morris has said that the upcoming fourth film from Pixar and Disney will be a romantic comedy that is separate from the original trilogy.
“It’s not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3,” Morris told Disney Latino. “Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy.
“It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.”
Morris also reassured fans that Pixar’s sequels are only made if they are passionate about the idea, rather than “exploiting them for money.”
“That’s not what it’s about,” he said. “It’s about an idea that is met with enthusiasm.”
Director John Lasseter previously said that a fourth movie was not originally considered, after Toy Story 3 “ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly.”
However, when an “exciting” new idea came up, he “could not stop thinking about it” and “knew [he]had to make it.”
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” he said last year. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before.”
Will McCormack and Rashida Jones will co-write the script for the film, which will be released on July 14, 2017.