The House of Mouse is heading back to Arendelle not just once, but twice.
As the studio continues to work on the sequel to Frozen II, Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed that Frozen 4 is being developed at the same time.
“Frozen 3 is in the works, and there might be a Frozen 4 in the works too,” he told Good Morning America. “But I don’t have much to say about those films right now. [Director] Jenn Lee, who created the original Frozen and Frozen 2, is hard at work with her team at Disney animation on not one but actually two stories.”
Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will be back to pen new songs for the two follow-up films, with the former confirming her return on social media. “Well, I’ve been quiet for a while,” she wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “But yeah, this.”
The announcement came straight from Hong Kong Disneyland, where the studio boss was in town for the opening ceremony of the upcoming “World of Frozen” attraction. Opening on 20 November, it plays host to meet-and-greet sessions with Olaf, Anna, and Elsa, as well as various restaurants and streets that take after the mystical world of Arendelle.
“For years at our Disney Parks, we’ve been creating these large immersive worlds. Essentially, they are the physical embodiment of some of the greatest stories that we’ve told… And of course, Frozen being one of our most valuable franchises, I think it’s just right for building the place that Frozen takes place in,” Iger said. “It’s just a fantastic land that enables people to get immersed in the story of Frozen and interact with all the great characters from the films.”
No release date has been set for Frozen 3 and 4. However, the franchise’s appeal is clear — the first movie earned US$1.2 billion at the global box office, while the sequel racked up US$1.4 billion. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel led the cast as Anna and Elsa, respectively.