Frozen Sequel Development Runs Cold

It’s the biggest animated film of all time, the merchandising has caused Disney’s bank accounts to soar higher than ever over the past year, and there’s a lot of buzz for the released of the short film sequel/tie-in “Frozen Fever” next week with “Cinderella”.

Yet it would seem talk of an actual sequel to “Frozen” remains just that – talk. The film’s directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck tell Buzzfeed that they’ve read online rumors about a follow-up, but they’ve all been news to them:

Buck says: “Its been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, ‘Are we?’ They’d have a date and they’d have a cast and it was like, OK.”

Lee adds: “It all comes down to the story. Like with the short, it was so daunting until we found the story. Then it was all of the things it usually is and we were thinking of every emotion and moment and feeling. I think that’s all we can do. Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big. We just finished the short two weeks ago. One year ago, it was a lot to even think about doing a short. We were quite tired. We don’t really know what it’s like to stop for a minute and think about what we want to do next.”

This would certainly indicate a sequel is not in the works yet, and as animated films take several years to produce – a follow-up seems unlikely to hit until the end of the decade if not beyond that. Lee meanwhile is about to start working on the Broadway adaptation of the film.