Do toys fall in love? That sounds like the most important question at the heart of Toy Story 4. Pixar studio president Jim Morris recently held a conference with Disney Latino, where he revealed some new information about the latest entry in the Toy Story Franchise. And he says that it won't be a continuation of Toy Story 3 and is not part of the original trilogy which kicked off in 1995 with Toy Story.
Toy Story 3 served as a great climax for the story of Woody and Buzz and their journey as toys. It sounds like Pixar doesn't want to tread on old territory with their new animated adventure Toy Story 4. While he doesn't go into too many specifics about the storyline or which characters will be at the center of it, Jim Morris does go onto call it a 'romantic comedy'. He explains:
"The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind. 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."
The romantic comedy angle is new for the Toy Story Franchise, but in the recent shorts we've seen less of an interaction with the adults and children. It certainly sounds like new characters will be introduced, but will Woody or Buzz be at the center of this impending plastic romance? Toy Story 4 is said to be in its third round of table reads, with the script "evolving very well." Jim Morris wants everyone to know that this sequel is not about money. The only reason it moved forward was because Pixar's team came up with an 'irresistible' idea. He states:
"The decision to make a second or third [installment] entirely depends on how passionate the director of the project is."
It makes sense that Toy Story 4 would be a romantic comedy, as Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who previously wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever together, are behind the screenplay. The story was dreamed up by Pixar luminaries John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich and will be in theaters summer 2017.