It's Disney central here on the blog at the moment, what with Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Cinderella, Tron 3 and the recently announced Frozen sequel. And talking of sequels, Toy Story 4 has been assigned a co-director in the form of Josh Cooley. The news was broken via Disney-Pixar's Twitter feed.
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Cooley will be working alongside Pixar head honcho John Lasseter, the guru behind some of the company's greatest hits including the first three Toy Story movies and Cars. Cooley is the head of story on this year's upcoming Inside Out, having started as an intern on the aforementioned Cars. He's also directed a short movie that will feature on the Inside Out Blu-Ray release, reports Slash Film.
"To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true," raved Cooley to Variety. "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!"
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are returning to reprise their roles as cowboy Woody and his space pal Buzz Lightyear, respectively. They really couldn’t have done it without them, could they? However, don't expect a straight sequel, according to studio head Jim Morris: "It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. 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."
Toy Story 4 is due for release on June 2017.