Following Disney’s announcement yesterday about a fourth “Toy Story” film being in the works, the film’s director and Pixar chief John Lasseter has spoken with The Los Angeles Times about why he chose to return to the franchise as helmer after handing over the reigns for the two previous sequels:
“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.”
Asked about the cynicism that has cropped up in recent years towards Pixar’s approach to sequels, he says:
“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.”
He was also asked about bringing onboard Rashida Jones and Will McCormack to help pen the script to which he says:
“They have such a great sense of character and originality. And I wanted to get a strong female voice in the writing of this.”
“Toy Story 4” is currently targeting a 2017 release.