|Produced by||Peter Del Vecho|
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Frozen 2 is an upcoming American computer-animated musical film in production by Walt Disney Animation Studios and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to the 2013 film Frozen, it is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2019, in 2D and 3D.
- Kristen Bell as Anna
- Idina Menzel as Elsa
- Jonathan Groff as Kristoff
- Josh Gad as Olaf
- Evan Rachel Wood
- Sterling K. Brown
When asked about future sequels, producer Peter Del Vecho explained in March 2014 that Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and he "work very, very well together, so I believe we will be developing a new project. But I don't know what that is right now." In late April, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn said that "we haven't really talked about a sequel" because the studio's current priority is the planned Broadway musical, which will require "four or five" additional songs to be written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
When asked in May 2014 about a sequel, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated to host David Faber that Disney would not "mandate a sequel" or "force storytelling", because to do so would risk creating something not as good as the first film. (In the same interview, Iger also expressed the hope that the Frozen franchise "is something that is kind of forever for the company" similar to The Lion King.)
In June, Lee confirmed that chief creative officer John Lasseter had expressly granted her and Buck the freedom to explore whatever they were "passionate about": "We don't know what it is yet ... We're actually going to start from scratch. It'll be something completely brand new."
On March 12, 2015, at Disney's annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco, Iger, Lasseter, and actor Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf) officially announced a full-length sequel, Frozen 2, was in development at Disney, with Buck and Lee returning as directors and Del Vecho returning as producer. Lasseter explained that at Disney Animation, "as with Pixar, when we do a sequel, it is because the filmmakers who created the original have created an idea that is so good that it's worthy of these characters." He stated that in the case of Frozen, the directors had "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." According to the Los Angeles Times, there was "considerable internal debate" at Disney over whether to proceed with a Frozen sequel at Disney Animation, but the unprecedented success of the first film apparently swayed Disney executives towards making a sequel.
A month later, Buck disclosed during a visit to Australia that the directors already have an idea for the sequel's ending, but they are still working on the story that will eventually culminate in that ending. He acknowledged their awareness of the challenge they have undertaken: "How do we live up to the phenomenon of the first one? There's a lot of pressure. And we'll put that on ourselves too; we'll be very demanding about how good this one has to be." In July, Gad confirmed that he would be returning in the role of Olaf.
In November, Del Vecho, while visiting Duke University as the parent of a first-year Duke student, explained in an interview published in the Duke student newspaper that his days are currently divided between two things: "handling the Frozen franchise" and "working up ideas for the development of Frozen 2" with the directors. When asked what to expect from the sequel, Del Vecho stated: "We're excited by the ideas we have, but it's too early to talk about them. We wouldn't be making a sequel if we felt that we didn't have a story to tell that was equal to or greater than the original."
In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Menzel told that she would return for her role a couple weeks after completing her concerts tour; she said, "they haven't even sent me a script".
On September 28, Gad announced his return with Buck, Lee, Del Vecho, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez along with Lasseter, adding that the sequel is going to be special. He said, "the amazing people at [Walt Disney Animation Studios] have created a story that carries on the incredible legacy of the original Frozen and continues to build and expand on the characters and themes in new and exciting ways."
Jonathan Groff (the voice of Kristoff) said earlier in July 2017, "I don't know anything about it yet other than I'm about to start recording my section of it." On October 11, he confirmed in the TV show Lorraine that he too had started recording for the sequel previous month.
In an October 2017 interview with CinemaBlend, Bell revealed, "…there are a couple new characters that you will fall in love with. That thing I feel like I can say safely." She further said that the directors and the producers "had just taken their trip to Norway,[…] and they basically just take the entire culture in.[… They] take all of those elements and […] make this big sort of fun home movie." She added that Lee "is so genius. She had journaled, as the characters" of Elsa and Anna "for months to try and figure out [what they'd say]".
In March 2018, Lee revealed in an interview that she was doing the second draft out of six drafts, which she referred as "six screenings". Later the same month, Anderson-Lopez in an interview about Broadway's Frozen, for which she and her husband wrote the new featured songs, confirmed that they had already recorded a song for the sequel with Bell.
In July 2018, it was announced that Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown had entered talks to join the cast in undisclosed roles. In August 2018, Allison Schroeder, the screenwriter of Hidden Figures and most recently, Disney's Christopher Robin was hired to assist screenwriting duties with Jennifer Lee after Lee assumed the head of Walt Disney Animation, succeeding John Lasseter.
On November 1, 2018, Variety reported that Disney advanced five days the premiere of the film, which was initially scheduled for November 27, 2019 and now would be released on November 22 of the same year.
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