‘Frozen 3’: Why the Movie May Not Happen

Frozen 2 is already a hit. But really, who’s surprised? After the success of the first movie, it would have been hard for the second not to succeed. Even though the new movie premiered a whopping six years after the first film, it still drew enough crowds to bring in $127 million in the box office domestically in its opening weekend and $350.2 million worldwide.

With such a high profit, you would think that Frozen 3 would be inevitable. But, unfortunately, that is not the case.

 Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell
Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Why was ‘Frozen 2’ made?

The first Frozen film broke a number of barriers. Yes, there was a romance in the movie but it didn’t take center stage like in most other Disney films. The main focus of the story was the bond between sisters Anna and Elsa. And the creators of the first film made a second because their story wasn’t finished yet.

“The thing about Frozen 2 is it only came about because we said there is more story here. The girls have never been together,” writer and director of the film, Jennifer Lee, told HollywoodLife. “I want to see that. What is Elsa’s journey? Why does she have powers? Chris and I had so many questions, and the world was asking them, and we naively went, ‘Let’s do it!’  We had no idea what we were doing. We went into the unknown ourselves, and I’m glad we did, but it was so much harder to do 2 than it was to do 1.  I can only imagine what 3 would be, how much harder that would be.”

“We’d never done a musical sequel before theatrically,” she said. “There was no precedent. We wanted to do a story featuring the same characters, not just changing circumstances, growing them, changing them, changing characters people have come to know. All of those things we tackled we just said, ‘We must be crazy.’ But it felt right to us, but it was a four-year journey and so I can only imagine if there were ever to come it would have to come with us feeling like it had to be told, because it is so hard to do. It takes everything you have, so right now we’ve got nothing in the tank.”

Why there may not be a ‘Frozen 3’

When sequels are made just for the sake of making money, the films usually flop. Lee doesn’t want to do that and after creating Frozen 2, she feels done with the story.

“As of now I feel done, but I’m also very tired, so ask me in a year,” Lee told the outlet.

But Kristen Bell, who voices Anna, may be the key to another Frozen film.

“She is so talented,” Lee said of Bell. “She was instrumental to Anna’s journey and I’m so proud that she joined us on saying, ‘Look, Anna’s… you look to her as the optimist [but] we all go through struggles. I have struggles every day, and I choose to be this way, and get up off the floor and never give up, and that was the journey that Anna should have.’ And we agreed. So she’s been an incredible partner in it, so maybe she has a good idea [for Frozen 3].”