Pixar is moving forward on plans for "Toy Story 3," selecting a director, writer and a target release date.
According to Variety, Pixar bigwig John Lasseter and Disney Animation head honcho Ed Catmull told investors on Thursday (Feb. 8) that the long-discussed "Toy Story 3" is aiming to be in theaters for 2009.
That would mean that a decade will have passed between "Toy Story 2," which made more than $480 million worldwide, and its sequel. The time between the original, a $360 million worldwide grosser, and the third part would be 14 years.
Lasseter, who directed or co-directed both of the first two "Toy Story" films (as well as Pixar's 2006 hit "Cars"), is turning the directing reins over to Lee Unkrich, making his first solo-directing run after co-directing "Toy Story 2" and "Monsters, Inc."
Joining the franchise as "Toy Story 3" screenwriter is Michael Arndt, whose "Little Miss Sunshine" script is up for an Oscar.
The new "Toy Story 3" will have no connection to the "Toy Story 3" Disney was hoping to develop without Pixar's input back before the two companies formally joined forces in 2005.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times