Idina Menzel, breakout star of Disney’s 2013 animated hit Frozen, has some good news for fans that just can’t let go of their love for the movie. That’s right fans, it looks like Frozen 2 is going to happen.
MTV News is reporting that Menzel recently answered questions about a rumored sequel and stage show by saying “they’re all in the works.” Menzel didn’t have many details but expressed hope that she would be involved.
“Not the stage show – I don’t know what will happen with that – but the movie hopefully. We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.”
Frozen was not expected to be a hit by Disney when it was released in November of 2013. However, the story of two sisters, united by an undying love for each other, struck a chord with moviegoers, and a billion dollar franchise was born.
The film also launched Menzel into mainstream consciousness. The 43-year-old Broadway veteran was relatively unknown outside of theater circles, but her turn as Elsa and the mega hit “Let It Go,” proved to be more than Menzel ever expected.
“I remember some of those classic Disney songs from movies, and you knew the character but you didn’t know the person behind the song. But this is different, this is weird.”
The Mirror is reporting Menzel is expected to return to the series with Frozen costars Kristen Bell and Josh Gadd as well as directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.
The success of Frozen has of course led to a smorgasbord of merchandise on the market. The Inquisitr recently reported that toys featuring Frozen’s Elsa and Anna are expected to be the hot items sought by parents this holiday season. The Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll is projected to be next in line to the Tickle-Me Elmo craze.
Adventure Publishing chief toy officer Laurie Schact highlighted the likely run on Frozen toys for 2014.
“With Anna and Elsa, as prepared as retailers are for the holiday rush for these products, they’re still going to find themselves short. It’s a phenomenon.”
The 2014 holiday season is expected to make up for lost revenue in 2013. As Disney did not project Frozen to be more than a minor hit, its November release was too late to take advantage of holiday shopping. With the juggernaut still churning, 2014 seems poised to make up for lost time.
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