Though it looks like Frozen 2 is on its way to becoming Disney’s next film to reach the billion-dollar mark at the box office, there are currently no plans to continue the franchise with a third movie.
Producer Peter Del Vecho told Cinema Blend at the movie’s Los Angeles press day that directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee put things from the two Frozen films together so beautifully that a potential Frozen 3 might be unnecessary.
“I think when we look at these two movies together, what I love about them is that you’ve (Buck and Lee) done an amazing job at weaving them as one full story. So, now it feels like a complete journey,” said Del Vecho.
While Lee agreed to Del Vecho, she’s isn’t completely ruling Frozen 3 out. “It feels complete to me, but I don’t know,” Lee admitted. “Chris says ask him in a year.”
In an interview with Insider in September, Buck said that he, just like Lee, has a “never say never” mentality regarding another Frozen movie. “I mean, nothing ever closes the door,” Buck said. “But for us, that’s what got us figuring out what the story [of Frozen 2] would be a few years ago. ‘What if we could tell one complete story?’ A lot of things in Frozen 2 answer some of the questions in Frozen, or questions you didn’t know about.”
While it’s clear that there are no plans for the film series to continue beyond the second installment at this point in time, this might change if Frozen 2 becomes a billion-dollar hit, which is actually not far from happening. In fact, Frozen 2 just set a new record for the biggest global opening for an animated film. During its opening weekend, it earned $127 million in North America and $223 million overseas for a total of $350 million worldwide.
And though critics are not that impressed with Frozen 2 — only getting a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the original movie’s 90% score — audiences love it and have given it 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- Cinemascore.
With new music from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen 2 stars returning cast members Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf, and Ciarán Hinds as Grand Pabbie. Joining the original cast are franchise newcomers Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto.