Yesterday, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn talked about Star Wars: Episode VII, but he also touched on some of the studio’s other major projects. After the monster success of Frozen, it was assumed that Disney would fast track a sequel. However, according to THR, Horn says that Frozen 2 “hadn’t even been discussed.” Perhaps there have been no serious discussions when it comes to finding a story or hiring cast and crew, but you don’t get to a over a billion dollars worldwide without someone saying, “Hey, maybe we should do a sequel.” That doesn’t mean one is happening tomorrow. Disney has no reason to rush when the original is still riding high. It’s currently the top selling Blu-ray and soundtrack on Amazon. However, I have no doubt when Horn says they’re primarily focusing on the Frozen musical. Disney loves bringing their animated features to the stage, and a Frozen stage musical is a license to print money.
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It’s important to remember that musicals take a while to put together, and if Disney doesn’t want to run this franchise into the ground, they have to make sure it reaches a certain level of quality. This isn’t like Mulan or Aladdin where Disney is digging into their back catalog and to give a property a second life. Frozen is alive and well and will be for some time. In the long term, it’s better not to run it into the ground with a slapdash musical or rushed sequel.
Fans should take heart in that rather than be disappointed that we won’t be returning to Arendelle in the near future.
For more on Frozen, click on Steve’s interviews with Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, and co-director Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho.