Disney and Pixar have been working on Lightyear for more than five years. The Toy Story spin-off, which recounts the real story of the in-universe Buzz Lightyear on which the toys were based, will see Chris Evans take on the job recently voiced by Tim Allen. The film is set to be the sort of film that would have motivated the Buzz Lightyear toy line and would have caught a youthful Andy’s attention to get the action figure.
In a meeting with Fandango, Lightyear director Angus MacLane says Pixar has been fostering the movie starting around 2016. MacLane pitched the story to the studio not long after the release of Finding Dory (which he co-coordinated with Andrew Stanton) and they have been working on the undertaking since. The film was hard to maintain hush-hush as they started working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and MacLane’s children started to take notice of what he was working on. His full statement can be read beneath:
“It was after Finding Dory. I’d always been attached to Buzz since I started at the studio. I always really like animating that character. And as a tremendous science fiction film buff, I’d always considered what is the science fiction action-adventure adaptation of Buzz Lightyear that would be fun and be appropriate for the character, yet in addition be brought into three measurements, character-wise? A straightforward science fiction action-adventure film that was what we as a whole enjoyed as children, and still like…when they agreed that they wanted to do this pitch. So five-and-a-half-years-ago. It’s anything but no joking matter to keep it calm, because we’re so trained to not say anything. It was harder during COVID because my children didn’t have a clue what I was working on, and they’d resemble, “I think I saw Buzz Lightyear! What was that?” So I was able to keep this really tranquil for eternity.”
Many of Pixar’s movies take about four years to create and animate, although the extra time on Lightyear could be because the studio focused on releasing Toy Story 4 first. Toy Story 4 shut the book for a ton of components in the Toy Story franchise. Toy Story 4 was also the last in a long queue of continuations the studio had been making, with the initial four movies of the new decade (Onward, Soul, Luca, and the destined to-be-released Turning Red) being all original properties. Lightyear is a side project, yet another course will allow the Toy Story franchise to proceed in a new and creative way.