Disney Plans ‘Frozen’ Sequel
When it comes to Frozen, Disney will not let it go: The company announced official plans for a sequel to the hit 2013 animated film during a shareholders meeting in San Francisco, Variety reports.
While no release date was revealed, original directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are developing the project for Walt Disney Animation Studios. While the film’s legions of fans will have to wait for the official follow-up, a new short, Frozen Fever, can be seen before screenings of Disney’s new live-action Cinderella, which open this weekend.
“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “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.”
Frozen was a monumental success for Disney, becoming the higest grossing animated film of all time, garnering nearly $1.3 billion at the box office, and winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, for “Let It Go.”
“Let It Go” — as sung by Elsa herself, Idina Menzel — and the Frozen soundtrack went on to become phenomenons in their own right as well. Menzel’s rendition of the inspiring ballad peaked at Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100, while the soundtrack managed to secure the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 three separate times. It ended up becoming the highest selling album of 2014, moving nearly 3.5 million copies and handily besting LP’s released by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and One Direction.