Frozen 2: Will Disney Make The Sequel?
It was an adorable moment at the Academy Awards. While accepting the Oscar for Best Song on behalf of their collaboration Let It Go, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez sang, "Happy Oscars to you. Let’s do Frozen 2!"
I mean, that’s a no brainer, right? Calling Frozen a hit is the understatement of the century. Since opening last November, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s film has gone on to become the highest-grossing animated film OF ALL TIME (with $1.097 billion in worldwide grosses). It’s currently the ninth-highest grossing movie ever, and sits behind five sequels and one Marvel movie -- The Avengers -- that is the continuation of a larger Cinematic Universe.
Frozen 2 seems inevitable. It’s just not official. We reached out to Disney, who had no official comment on the state of Frozen 2. But the writing’s clearly on the wall. In a conversation with Pop Sugar, Buck and Lee – around the time of the Academy Awards – addressed the idea of Frozen 2 directly, saying, "I think the characters are very rich, [and] I think there are other stories left to tell."
Similarly, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger talked about extending the Frozen universe, saying that he thought the movie had "real franchise potential" when speaking to investors on an earnings call (via Variety). Iger said:
"There’s a lot of active development. You will see Frozen in more places than you see today. … This has real franchise potential. We expect to see not just new product but continued interest in this and continued impact on the bottom line for quite awhile. Its success speaks volumes on the future of animation at our company."
One of those extensions is the planned stage adaptation. Video games have been announced, and the original film continues to be a social media smash.
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Despite this popularity Disney hasn’t revealed concrete plans for a sequel just yet. The bigger question might not be "if" Frozen 2 happens, but "how?" There have been only three direct sequels to Disney animated features that have played theatrically. The studio tends to favor direct-to-DVD sequels of everything from Peter Pan to The Jungle Book.
Could Frozen 2 go that route? Possible. Either way, we can basically bank on Frozen 2 happening. As Forbes writes, "Disney foregoing another round in Arendelle is basically tantamount to passing up free money in the hundreds-of-millions. That they haven’t out-and-out committed and may leave it without a sequel shows something vaguely resembling artistic integrity as a matter of company policy."
And if the co-directors have their way, Frozen 2 will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Foxx and Dame Judi Dench… at least, according to an interview recently with SheKnows. What do you think? Will Frozen 2 happen? On paper, it seems guaranteed. But nothing official has been signed on the dotted line yet. We’ll continue to track. Let us know if you think Anna and Elsa deserve another adventure in Arendelle.
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