To the surprise of nobody, Disney are developing a sequel to their billion dollar hit Frozen. Ironically, just a few days ago the directors of Frozen, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, denied they were actively involved with the sequel.
The official announcement took place at Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholders meeting, all the original cast expected to reprise their roles with the obligatory new additions. The news must have been music to the shareholders’ ears, the first film garnered close to $1.3 billion, two Academy Award and claimed the title of highest grossing animated movie of all time. A Broadway musical based on Frozen is also in development as is due to take to the stage sometimes next year. You can see all your favourite characters in an all-new short later this month, Frozen Forever will be shown in cinemas ahead of Disney’s live-action Cinderella.
John Lasseter made the announcement during the meeting; Lasseter confirmed that directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will be back to helm the sequel.
“We enjoyed making ‘Frozen Fever’ so much and being back in that world with those characters. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.”
The shareholders meeting was also home to some updates on the expanded Star Wars franchise, Gareth Edwards’ spin-off now has the official title of Rouge One. No plot details have been given, but speculation has it that Edwards’ film will be a prequel of sorts set between Episodes III and IV. Fantastic Four and Chronicle director Josh Trank will helm the second standalone Star Wars adventure, before that Rian Johnson directs Episode VIII that is due for release May, 2017.
Disney has yet to announce a potential release date for Frozen 2, with Toy Story 4 scheduled for 2017 we should expect to return to Arendelle sometime in 2018 at the earliest.