Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that there is a plan for Frozen 3.
Disney's Frozen first debuted in 2013 and became one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time.
Starring the vocal talents of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Idina Menzel, Disney's spin on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen was hailed for its fresh story and themes of sisterhood, as well as its original songs.
Naturally, Disney greenlit a sequel, Frozen 2, which was released in 2019, in addition to an animated short in 2015 and an animated featurette in 2017.
But now it seems that newly returned CEO Bob Iger isn't quite ready to (pardon the pun) let it go.
Is Frozen 3 Confirmed?
During The Walt Disney Company's First Quarter 2023 Financial Results Conference Call, Bob Iger confirmed that Frozen 3 is officially in the works.
While Frozen 2 director Jennifer Lee told Deadline in 2019 that "[she felt] very done," she also left the door open for a threequel, saying, "Time will tell if we have more story to tell, or if anyone even wants it:"
"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. Everything feels final, but also bittersweet. Time will tell if we have more story to tell, or if anyone even wants it. So, there you have it. [laughs] Right now, I feel very done."
Come 2023, it's clear that Disney wants it. However, that's not the only sequel that the company is after
Bob Iger also announced that both Zootopia 2 and Toy Story 5 are also in development.
Disney has yet to release any further details or a release date for Frozen 3.
Which Cast Members Are Returning For Frozen 3?
While we don't know the entire cast of Frozen 3 yet, Josh Gad, who plays the living snowman Olaf, has announced that he will be returning for Frozen 3 via Twitter.
Excited to head back… into the Unknown.
Will Elsa Get a Girlfriend In Frozen 3?
While there are no official details on Frozen 3 at this time, there have been rumors about Elsa's sexuality and Elsa getting a girlfriend in an upcoming Frozen sequel.
A previous rumor has indicated that Disney intends to give Elsa a female love interest. Interestingly, the rumor indicated that this would happen in a Frozen prequel, which could indicate the upcoming Frozen 3 is actually a prequel.
Who Is The Queen of Arendelle In Frozen 3?
At the end of Frozen 2, Elsa abdicates the throne and Anna assumes the role of Queen and marries Kristoff, who then becomes King Consort. Anna will be the Queen of Arendelle at the beginning of Frozen 3.
What is Elsa's New Title in Frozen 3?
Frozen 2 ends with Anna and Elsa breaking the curse on Arrendelle and calming the spirits. Elsa then steps down as Queen and assumes her role as the 5th Spirit, becoming the Protector of the Enchanted Forest. Elsa will continue to be the 5th Spirit in Frozen 3.
Is Disney Playing It Safe With Frozen 3?
As Frozen, Zootopia, and the long-running Toy Story franchise have proven to be lucrative properties for Disney, it makes sense for the company to return to these characters and stories.
And, while fans of the franchises are sure to be thrilled with the news, there's also the question of whether Iger and the company are playing it safe instead of continuing to pursue more original animated stories.
If so, this could be due to the lackluster reception for Walt Disney Animation's latest original film, Strange World, which flopped upon its late 2022 release.
In the coming months, it will be interesting to see how quickly Frozen 3's production gets underway and which of the announced sequels will be the first to debut.