LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody are coming back to the big screen.

Woody, left, and Buzz Lightyear, from the "Toy Story" movies (AP Photo/Disney Pixar)

Disney Pixar announced Thursday it plans to produce "Toy Story 4," with a release date in June 2017.

Pixar chief John Lasseter will direct the film.

Lasseter directed the first two "Toy Story" films and says his team has come up with a new idea for the franchise that he can't stop thinking about. He says the fourth "Toy Story" installment will "open a new chapter" in the lives of Woody, Buzz and their playful pals.

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