The Frozen franchise could be getting a fourth movie following the release its third installment. The announcement came from Disney CEO Bob Iger during Good Morning America on Thursday, Nov. 16. Iger was promoting the anticipated opening of the World of Frozen at Hong Kong’s Disneyland when he shared the news with GMA anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan.
"“Earlier this year, we learned some exciting news,” Strahan said. “Frozen 3 is in the works. What can you share with the audience about what to expect?”“Well, I’ll give you a little surprise there, Michael. Frozen 3 is in the works, and there might be a Frozen 4 in the works too, but I don’t have much to say about those films right now,” confirmed Igor. “But Jen Lee, who created Frozen, the original Frozen and Frozen 2, is hard at work with her team at Disney Animation on not one but actually two stories.”"
The announcement of the third film broke in early February 2023, and it’s still in production without a confirmed release date, though IMDB says it’s 2025.
Due to the popularity and record-breaking success of the franchise, Disney is gifting us with more stories to tell, and knowing the 100 year old company, the writers will continue their perfected magic. It’s unknown what the premise will be of either film, but if anything, fans will be thrilled to see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven the Reindeer, and Kristoff back on the big screen, and for those who prefer streaming, Disney+.
Behind the voices of the beloved characters are Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. The franchise’s storyline is loosely based on The Snow Queen written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson in 1844.
The first movie premiered in November 2013, breaking box-office records for a Disney film at the time with a five-day opening weekend total of $93 million. Its sequel, 2019’s Frozen II, went further, taking in over $130 million. A short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, was distributed during their respective releases in 2017. A second short, Once Upon A Snowman, which shared the story of how Anna and Elsa created Olaf, was released in 2020 exclusively on Disney+.
An audio series, Frozen: Forces of Nature, launched in October 2023. The 12 episode story takes place between the second and third movie. The synopsis via Spotify:
"Queen Anna has a lot on her plate – there are visitors in her Kingdom, a friend in need, and even the Duke of Weselton’s nephew skulking around – so when the Spirits of Nature start acting up, she knows she has to solve the problem – and fast – before things get more out of control. But when Anna and Elsa travel to the Enchanted Forest, they find mysterious copper machines that are disrupting the natural order of things. Who made these machines and what are they doing in the forest? And more importantly, how do Anna and Elsa stop them?"
The series introduces Queen Disa, the ruler of Sankerhus, into the franchise along with Lord Wolfgang who is the nephew of the Duke of Weselton. It’s not confirmed whether these characters will be featured in the third movie. We’ll keep you posted as more Frozen news comes in. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote!