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.
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.