While in London to promote Cars 2, director John Lasseter visited the BBC for a brief interview. After answering a question about what it really means to direct an animated film, Lasseter appears to have been blindsided by a question on the state of Toy Story 4 following a few speculative statements made by star Tom Hanks on BBC Breakfast a few weeks ago (Hanks later on to repeat his statements elsewhere).
Roughly transcribed, the interview went something like this:
BBC: Quick question. Tom Hanks was on the ‘Breakfast’ sofa, or was interviewed on ‘Breakfast’ recently, talking about Toy Story 4.
JL: Yeah.. I was – I found that very interesting too.
JL: Yeah, it was really interesting.
BBC: Is he making Toy Story 4 without you?
JL: Carry on talking. Yeah. He’s uh.. yeah. We haven’t announced anything, so… I can’t really talk about it.
BBC: Would you like to?
BBC: Oh go on.
JL: No. (Redirects conversation to Cars 2)
Adding fuel to the speculation, The Pixar Blog has noted that IMDB has added an entry for Toy Story 4 for 2015. It should be noted, however, that IMDB is supported primarily by visitor support, so although it is historically very credible, it has been known to be inaccurate at times.
Is Pixar Animation Studios’ mystery film of 2013 yet another in a growing line of sequels for Disney/Pixar? While in the UK to promote Larry Crowne, actor Tom Hanks was asked during an interview for ‘BBC Breakfast’ whether there will be a Toy Story 4, to which the star first appeared to be speculating, stating ‘I think there will be, yeah,’ quickly adding ‘I think they’re working on it now.’
Unfortunately this is going against the conventional wisdom of most of the media reporting on the matter, somehow substituting the phrase ‘I think’ with ‘I am absolutely, positively certain.’
You can watch the interview in its entirety here. Hanks responds to the question towards the end of the interview, around the 2:45 mark.