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Disney Feature Animation has committed to make “Toy Story 3” — without Pixar — basing the next installment of the blockbuster animation franchise on a script by young writer Jared Stern.

Stern developed a story idea for the long-in-the-works “TS3” on spec while a member of Disney’s Feature Animation Writing Program. Several other writers also took a stab at “TS3,” but Disney ultimately chose Stern’s concept.

Though exact details of the script were being kept under close wraps, Stern’s new take is expected to advance the “Toy Story” franchise by taking the characters on the road and out of Andy’s room.

The 27-year-old scribe, now in the second year of the program, has also inked a first-look deal with Endemol USA to develop reality and hybrid skeins. He also wrote a comedy script for Carsey-Werner that’s in the mix at the WB.

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Draft for “Toy Story 3” went into the studio before Christmas. Studio is expected to hire another scribe to write a polish on the script, which is being developed without the involvement of “Toy Story” creators Pixar.

As previously reported, Pixar announced a halt in negotiations to extend the Disney-Pixar co-production relationship (Daily Variety, Jan. 30, 2004). The two can still collaborate on sequels to their past hits, but Pixar rejected an overture to make a “Toy Story 3.”

Disney committed to another sequel without Pixar, as studio owns the rights to the Pixar franchise under their current production relationship.

Stern, repped by WMA and Industry, is also understood to have invented a couple of new characters for the next installment.