“Frozen” fans rejoice. Disney has officially announced plans to produce “Frozen 2,” a sequel to the wildly successful animated film about sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell). The film will be produced by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the same creative minds behind the original.
The announcement was made by John Lasseter, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, during an annual shareholder’s meeting in San Francisco. Lasseter was joined by Josh Gad, who voiced the role of Olaf.
“We enjoyed making ‘Frozen Fever’ so much and being back in that world with those characters,” he said. “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.”
Gad further confirmed the sequel with this tweet:
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 12, 2015
Bell has confirmed her plans to reprise her role as Anna, tweeting:
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) March 12, 2015
This exciting news should come as no surprise, seeing as the film broke countless records, crushing it at the box office, on home video and in Disney’s stores. Variety reports that “Frozen” has raked in close to $1.3 billion in theaters and continues to generate impressive revenue for Disney and Pixar with merchandising tie-ins.
There is little else known about the highly anticipated sequel, or its cast, at this time. According to the official "Frozen" Facebook page, Disney is keeping the release date and other production information "on ice."
Though it may be a while before “Frozen 2” is finished, diehard fans can reunite with their favorite characters in Arendelle when they check out “Cinderella,” which hits theaters this weekend. Disney plans to unveil “Frozen Fever,” a short film based on the original, as the opening credits roll.