Josh Gad, who played snowman Olaf in original blockbuster, confirmed to return that there will be a follow up to the hugely popular Oscar-winning children’s film Frozen.
Production has begun on a sequel to the highest-grossing animated film in history, the company revealed plans during the Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday from San Francisco.
‘Frozen 2’ Trailer
Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger said directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return for the sequel. Frozen carried the two Oscars trophies in 2014 including best animated feature and best original song for Let It Go.
The movie also two Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Let It Go”).
“Forecast: Winter weather ahead! @DisneyAnimation developing #Frozen2,” the company confirmed the much-awaited new for fans on its Twitter account.
Jennifer Lee tweeted, “At last, I can say – FROZEN 2!!!! I’m beyond excited to create alongside my Frozen family!”
“We enjoyed making ‘Frozen Fever’ so much and being back in that world with those characters,” John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, said per Variety.
“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. We are so excited about that.”
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen has made nearly $1.3 billion (£900m) at the global box office alone since its US release in November 2013, and generated a massive merchandising revenue stream.
It went on to become the highest-grossing animation of all time, and the fifth biggest film overall. A seven-minute short of “Frozen Fever” was played ahead of Disney’s live-action “Cinderella.”