A few months ago Disney Pictures finally confirmed some news that many youngsters and parents were keen to hear – that a sequel to animated juggernaut hit “Frozen” is in the works.
There’s been no new information since then however until today as the first film’s co-director Chris Buck has spoken with Fandango about where things are going in the follow-up and how the “Frozen Fever” short will play a part in that direction:
“[In Frozen] she had such a dramatic journey, and at the end she’s just starting to feel like she can open up and have some fun again. That’s what was really good about the short [Frozen Fever] – we could have fun with Elsa. And that personality … you will see in the next one.”
All the first film’s cast members reprised their roles for the short film, so it’s expected all will be back for “Frozen 2”. Buck confirms he and co-director Jennifer Lee are currently working on the story:
“We’re working on the sequel right now. Jen (Lee) and I are getting back in the room and we’ve got some cool ideas coming up. I can’t divulge anything, but for us, Jen and me, it’s been so fun to get back in the room and be with these characters again. These characters are part of us — both for Jen and me. Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf — they’re all parts of our personality, so it’s fun to play with these characters again and sort of see where we can go next with them. Just like any characters that you love, to see them grow and to see what happens next.”
Buck also spoke with MTV and says they hope the next one will connect with fans the same way the first did and hope whatever central message they’re trying to convey shines through:
“We have two very strong female leads in Frozen. We will keep that going in the next one. We will tackle other issues that, I think, are out there today that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with. I think we’re very aware of what is happening in society. I don’t think any of us take [them] lightly, even though they can be very funny and entertaining, the messages that our movies have and the influence they can have on young people. When the kids [watch] them, they watch them over and over again, and if we don’t have a decent message in there, I think we’ve missed an opportunity.”
No word on a date as yet. The first film opened late 2013 and grossed a massive $1.2 billion worldwide at the box office.