'Toy Story 4' Will Happen, Says Tom Hanks

Jun 30, 2011, 09:01 by R.E. Christian

Tom Hanks says that a fourth film in the "Toy Story" franchise is in the works.

Currently on the promotional tour for his latest film "Larry Crowne," Hanks told Showbiz Tonight: "I understand it's happening and if it is, I hope they'll hire me. They have almost every line I've ever said in the hard drive up there at Pixar. So they might not need me! I hope they'll have some unique grunts they're going to need from me so I can get in there and do it."

Hanks' claim contradicts previous statements made by director Lee Unkrich, who has said that there will be no more films.

On the other hand, the Pixar franchise is one of the most successful in entertainment history, in terms of both money and critical acclaim.

The first "Toy Story" released in 1995 made $300 million, with the 1999 sequel grossing $495 million. According to ScreenCrave, last year's release of the third film was also the highest grossing film of the year, with the added bonus of an Oscar win for Best Animated Feature.

There has been no official word yet from Pixar.