Frozen 2 shattered records at the box office last year when it finally put an end to the six-year wait for a sequel to Disney’s smash hit phenomenon. Frozen became an overnight success back in 2013 when Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her sister Anna (Kristin Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven the reindeer first came to cinemas. It took several years before directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck returned to the drawing board to work on a follow-up, however, and, when they did, it was a daunting task to take the story forward, the characters now being so beloved by fans.
But Frozen 2 was an unprecedented success and has officially become the highest-grossing animated movie in history.
With over $ 1.3 billion at the global box office, it’s surpassed the first Frozen, which took $ 1.28 billon) and Incredibles 2, which took $ 1.23, to earn the top spot.
Of course, fans are hungry for more and are already desperate to find out if Elsa’s journey will continue in a third film.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Lee addressed calls for a Frozen 3.
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Staying coy about the possibility of another sequel, she told the publication: “I know this sounds crazy, but I’m still hoping we did right by Frozen 2.
“I’m still in that overwhelming position of, our kids just went out to the world.”
Should the creators behind Frozen decide, in the coming years, that the time is right for a third, it would be enormous news for fans all around the world.
But Lee kept her cards close to her chest with regards to potential news regarding the future of the franchise.
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“Everything feels final, but also bittersweet,” she said. “Time will tell if we have more story to tell, or if anyone even wants it.
“So, there you have it,” she laughed, adding one more teaser by concluding: “Right now, I feel very done.”
It seems Lee is sticking by her previous comments that she feels happy with the way Frozen 2 has come to an end but, nonetheless, the door is still open should she and Buck wish to bring Elsa and Anna back for a third outing.
Elsewhere, Elsa actress Menzel has put her backing firmly behind a Frozen 3, confirming she would be delighted to return for another movie.
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In an interview with Parade, she said she could see there being more story to tell.
“I can see a Frozen 3,” she told the publication. “I can see a Frozen 3, 4, 5… It’s whether they want to make them. I’m happy to be involved.
“What I find so commendable is that the creative team waited a really long time to make sure that they had the right story and weren’t exploiting it just for a sequel,” she continued.
“They really waited until they had the right ideas and formed them and took their time with that, and I believe that that’s why it’s equally as good.
Meanwhile, Lee also opened up on how she and her co-director Buck approached the second film, revealing how she had journaled in character as Elsa and Anna in order to gain insight into their personalities and where they were in their lives.
“I had done a bit of journaling for characters when I wrote in the past, but it was more important this time because we had built the first one, and it was suddenly out in the world,” she said.
“Over time, we’d heard a lot of feedback and ideas of who these characters are, and what should happen to them, and I found myself realizing if I was going to write further, I had to ground myself just in them, as people.
“And it was a really fun exercise—all of them were—because Anna and Elsa particularly came out very clear.”
Frozen 2 is in cinemas now.