Fourth Toy Story movie set for 2017

Fourth Toy Story movie set for 2017

FOX19 - A fourth installment of the Pixar and Disney movie Toy Story is in the works and will be released in 2017.

The company made the announcement Thursday, nearly 20 years after the first Toy Story premiered on the big screen.

Fans were surprised at news of the sequel, concerned another installment would spoil the legacy and closure left from Toy Story 3, which came out in 2010. Director John Lasseter eased those concerns in a statement released Thursday, saying Woody and Buzz were like family to him.

"We don't want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before, Lasseter said in a statement. "But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie."

There is currently no word on if Tom Hanks, the voice behind Woody, and Tim Allen, Buzz, will return as their famous characters.

Lasseter directed the first two Toy Stories and also helmed Pixar movies Cars and A Bugs Life.

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