One of the biggest stories to break this week was Disney's announcement yesterday that Toy Story 4 will be released in 2017, with Toy Story and Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter returning to helm this sequel. It will be the first film he's directed since 2011's Cars 2, which comes in addition to his duties of leading two animation studios, Walt Disney Animation and Disneytoons, along with serving as the principal creative adviser for Disney's theme park designers. The filmmaker recently spoke with The Los Angeles Times, revealing why he's coming back to direct this sequel.
"One of the things that was very important for me as an artist is to continue directing. When I direct, I get to work with the individual artists, with the animators. It's very important to keep young talent coming into the studios ... to get back in and help tell stories."
Yesterday's announcement also revealed that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are writing the script, from a story that Lasseter developed with Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Here's what John Lasseter had to say when asked why the writers were brought on board.
"They have such a great sense of character and originality. And I wanted to get a strong female voice in the writing of this."
The filmmaker also spoke about why Pixar as a whole decided to move forward with this story.
"A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion. We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original. We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do."
When asked if it might be difficult for staffers to tell their boss that the movie isn't working, John Lasseter had this to say.
"It's always hard, but it's one of my jobs to make it easier for people. We work really hard to create an atmosphere where people feel like they can be honest without retribution."
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