Mind you, we’re talking press tour–actors say lots of things during them, mostly because us film writers are right there poking them, trying to get something new about new projects (as the actor tries desperately to stay on topic about the film they’re there to promote, even if they’re sick of talking about it).
(Also remember, in any future project the actors are the last to know what’s really going on. Actors are forever speculating about sequels they’d love to be a part of–it doesn’t mean the studios are fully on board yet. How many years have actors like Jason Bateman suggested on press tours that they hope and think there’ll be an Arrested Development movie?)
So when Hanks says there will probably be a Toy Story 4, remember he’s out promoting Larry Crowne, and Pixar/Disney is happy for a little TS buzz and attention to help keep Cars 2 rolling along in theaters.
That said, let’s assume there will be a Toy Story 4–after all, as was somewhat the case with Cars 2, Disney/Pixar answers to its stockholders. When a movie sells as much merchandise as the first Cars did ($10 billion–almost more than any other Disney property), or makes as much money as Toy Story 3 did (over a billion dollars worldwide, not counting home-video sales), shareholders demand a sequel. (Many market analysts boosted Disney’s stock rating this week thanks to the better-than-expected box-office performance of Cars 2 last weekend.)
As I mentioned a few months ago, three of Pixar’s four recent and planned films are sequels: Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and in 2013 Monsters University, the Monsters, Inc prequel.
The only original film on the upcoming slate is next summer’s Brave. If Toy Story 4 (or maybe an Incredibles sequel) were to follow Monsters University, that’d make it four outta five, maybe eventually five outta six.
Thing is, unlike say Cars 2, the Toy Story sequels have continually improved on their predecessors. And the Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation short preceding Cars 2 only reminded us all how much we still love those characters, not to mention the promising new ones introduced in Toy Story 3.
So what say you all? Would you be thrilled to have more Toy Story stories in theaters? Or is Pixar lazily going back to the same well too many times? Was the ending of Toy Story 3 perfect closure for the series? Or did it open the door for a new generation of viewers (and toys)?
Vote in the poll, and then explain your “yay,” “nay,” or “maybe” in the comments below!