Let it go (again)! Disney announces plans for ‘Frozen 2′

FILE - This image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit “Frozen.” In the company’s annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, March 12, 2015, Disney executives officially announced plans for “Frozen 2.”(AP Photo/Disney)

NEW YORK (AP) — Let it go (on)!

The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit “Frozen.” Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co. chief executive, and John Lasseter, head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, joined in officially announcing “Frozen 2″ at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco.

The sequel had been widely expected for a film that has become a juggernaut for Disney. Since its release in November 2013, “Frozen” has made nearly $1.3 billion globally at the box office, generated a massive merchandising revenue stream and won the Academy Award for best animated feature.

Disney didn’t announce any details on the sequel’s plot or a release date, but said directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will be returning.

“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said Lasseter. “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle.”

Though a sequel was always only a matter of time, fans have waited eagerly for the announcement. Most big box-office hits generate sequel announcements within weeks of opening.

But any delay in a “Frozen” sequel has been easily assuaged by the film’s unabated popularity. “Frozen” is by far the biggest grossing animated film ever, and its soundtrack, led by Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go,” remains ubiquitous. A “Frozen” short is to play in front of Disney’s latest release, the live-action “Cinderella,” which opens in theaters Friday.

Josh Gad, the voice of the snowman Olaf, was on hand for the announcement Thursday and will be returning for the sequel. But no other returning characters were announced.

At the shareholders meeting, Disney also announced a release date for “Star Wars: Episode VIII”: May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson (“Looper”) is confirmed to write and direct.

  • Hayden_J

    Nuts… I knew they were going to do it. As a matter fact I told my daughter that very thing yesterday.

  • J. Jones

    At last! New News for Good Morning America to endlessly report.

  • Bashi

    Wait…I thought JJ Abrams was directing the Star Wars movie…

    • Bud_Dwyers_Brain

      Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which opens the week before Christmas this year 2015

      • Bashi

        Oh…right. Yeah…idiot moment on my part. Totally forgot the newest one was coming out this year.

  • FARVA!

    Good God….

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