A ‘Frozen’ Sequel Is Not in the Works Yet, According Directors Jennifer Buck and Chris Lee
Contrary to popular belief (and some comments from actress Idina Menzel), a Frozen sequel isn’t actually in the works yet over at Disney. With the Frozen Fever short set to hit theaters this weekend with the release of the studio’s live-action Cinderella, actual Frozen fever (a real medical condition that I totally did not just make up) has reached an all-time high. Fans want a Frozen sequel, and it seems like an obvious move for Disney, but according to the film’s directors, it’s not happening…yet.
In a new interview with BuzzFeed, Frozen directors Jennifer Buck and Chris Lee addressed the rumors of a sequel and expressed their own surprise at outlets reporting that it’s happening:
It’s 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 that, as with all potential sequels, it really comes down to whether or not they have a great story worth telling, and explains that the process for Frozen Fever was actually a bit difficult:
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.
Buck also expressed a certain uncertainty with what the pair will do next:
There is a bit of that drop-the-mic thing. Just go, [drops mic] ‘I don’t know what else to do.’
Fans hoping for a Frozen sequel needn’t give up on their dreams just yet. Frozen is now the highest-grossing film in Disney’s Animation Studios, and it’s the highest-grossing animated film of all time. A sequel seems inevitable, but it might still be a few years before anything really happens.