Randy Newman revealed in an interview with The Advertiser that he is set to compose the music for Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Cars 3. Owen Wilson is expected to return to voice Lightning McQueen, while Larry the Cable Guy is expected to reprise his role as Mater. No plot details have been revealed yet, but the film is said to feature a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki’s movie The Castle of Cagliostro. No director has been announced, but John Lasseter who directed the first two parts will be producing the project. Newman previously scored 2006’s original cars film, while Michael Giacchino composed the music for the 2011 sequel. Cars 3 will be released on June 16, 2017 by Walt Disney Pictures.
Newman will also be returning to score the studios’ Toy Story 4. The film is directed by John Lasseter who directed the first two installments & Josh Cooley and will feature the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Jeff Garlin, Annie Potts, Lori Alan and Laurie Metcalf. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are writing the screenplay based on a story by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Galyn Susman is producing the animated feature. Newman previously scored all three previous Toy Story films. Toy Story 4 is set to be released on June 15, 2018.