Back in 2013, Disney animation churned out a mega-hit with Frozen, which went on to gross $1.28 billion, earn the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and garner two Grammys. The film, along with its Idina Menzel-led song "Let It Go," dominated popular culture for much of 2014, and left a lasting impression on kids and adults alike.
Disney aptly announced in 2015 that they would be moving forward with a sequel to the animated hit, currently called Frozen 2. Stars Kristen Bell (Anna) and Idina Menzel (Elsa) are reportedly returning, with the former praising the sequel's burgeoning script. Voice recording for the film has not yet begun, but the sequel is still very much in the works. According to a report from earlier today, the follow-up film will build on the beloved story from its predecessor, and may even help fans further understand the entire world of Frozen.
EW checked in with Frozen and Frozen 2 producer Peter Del Vecho to see how development on the sequel was moving forward. According to Del Vecho:
“We’re working hard on it. We’re in the development writing process and are very excited by it. Like all movies, it will evolve.”
The producer shed some more light on the upcoming script, saying:
“Now that we’ve been involved in it for awhile, what’s exciting is it feels like it builds on the first movie. You understand things better in the first movie after you’ve seen the sequel.”
By all accounts, it seems like the new script is coming along slowly but surely. It will be interesting to see what Del Vecho means when he says that the sequel will build on the original film -- perhaps fans will get to see how Elsa got her powers, which are a given in Frozen, or we'll learn more about the enigmatic Kristoff. The original film left off with the estranged sisters finally reunited, after a struggling Elsa fled their kingdom and plucky Anna worked to save her sister and vanquish the villainous Hans.
We have no idea what to expect from Frozen 2, so it's exciting to get an update on the project, no matter how small. The original film was praised for taking the focus off of Disney's traditional, heteronormative "true love's kiss" paradigm, instead shifting focus to a strong bond between women. The movie still had its fair share of romantic drama, though, so we're interested to see if that carries over into Frozen 2. It would be nice to see Anna and Kristoff left happy and undisturbed, and the film focused further on the two girls. That said, we still want Disney to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.
No matter what, the box office prospects for Frozen 2 are already phenomenal, since an entire generation of little girls strolled off to school in 2013 laden with Anna and Elsa merchandise. It's hard to produce a financial failure when you're following up on the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time -- but here's hoping Frozen 2 is just as narratively well-structured as it is financially.
Frozen 2 is still in early development. Keep checking Screen Rant for more news on the upcoming film.