Disney’s Glendale Games Studio Transfers to Jam City, Which Plans to Create Game for ‘Frozen 2’

Disney entered into a deal with mobile-games studio Jam City to develop titles based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation franchises — including one tied to next year’s “Frozen” sequel — and is offloading its games studio gr…

Disney entered into a deal with mobile-games studio Jam City to develop titles based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation franchises — including one tied to next year’s “Frozen” sequel — and is offloading its games studio group in Glendale, Calif., to Jam City. Under the mulityear deal, Disney is selling “Emjoi Blitz,” a popular […]

‘Frozen 2’ Already Has Four New Songs; Elsa and Anna Will ‘Go Far Out of Arendelle’

The “Frozen” sequel may already have its “Let It Go.” “We have a new song that I think is an evolution,” Jennifer Lee, co-director of the first and second films, told Variety on Monday at the “Ralph Breaks the Internet” premiere in L.A. “It’s its own s…

The “Frozen” sequel may already have its “Let It Go.” “We have a new song that I think is an evolution,” Jennifer Lee, co-director of the first and second films, told Variety on Monday at the “Ralph Breaks the Internet” premiere in L.A. “It’s its own song…Bobby [Lopez] and Kristen [Anderson-Lopez] just delivered it three […]

‘Frozen 2’ Now Launching Days Before Thanksgiving 2019

The storm will rage on a week earlier next year as Disney moves up Frozen 2 by five days from its original Thanksgiving Eve date of Nov. 27 to the Friday before the autumn holiday, Nov. 22.
Right now the only movie on that date is an untitled Fox/Marve…

The storm will rage on a week earlier next year as Disney moves up Frozen 2 by five days from its original Thanksgiving Eve date of Nov. 27 to the Friday before the autumn holiday, Nov. 22. Right now the only movie on that date is an untitled Fox/Marvel movie, which, when the Disney-Fox merger goes through, it would come as no surprise if that title moves. While Disney traditionally opens its animated fare on Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, which has been the case for Coco, Mo…

‘Frozen 2’: Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown In Talks To Join Voice Cast

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to come aboard Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film that grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck return to helm the pic, along…

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to come aboard Disney’s Frozen 2, the sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film that grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck return to helm the pic, along with the original film’s stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad. Lee, who was recently dubbed chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studio, will pen the screenplay. Peter Del Vecho is producing the pic, which…

‘Frozen 2′: Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K Brown in Talks to Join Cast

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the 2013 hit film, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Kristen Bell will reprise her role as Anna in the sequel to the hit animated film. Idina Menzel will once again voice Elsa, and Josh Gad will return as Olaf while Jonathan Groff will voice Kristoff again.

“Frozen” directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are back with the sequel as well, and songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez return also.

Also Read: ‘Frozen 2’ Star Kristen Bell Teases ‘Very Good’ Story and Songs

“Frozen 2” is set for release on Nov. 27, 2019.

“Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013 — it earned more than $1.27 billion globally, won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song) and a Golden Globe (best animated feature film).

The Broadway version of “Frozen,” which is in the midst of its run and three Tony Award nominations this year., features a score by Oscar winners Kirsten Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez with both old and new songs and a script by Jennifer Lee, the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter and co-director.

Also Read: ‘Black Panther’ Passes ‘Frozen’ to Join Top 10 Highest Grossing Films of All Time

Broadway veterans Caissie Levy and Patti Murin take over as the polar-opposite sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively.

Both Wood and Brown received Emmy nominations which were announced on Thursday morning. Wood is nominated for her work on HBO’s “Westworld,” and Brown is nominated for NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Variety first reported the news.

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Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the 2013 hit film, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Kristen Bell will reprise her role as Anna in the sequel to the hit animated film. Idina Menzel will once again voice Elsa, and Josh Gad will return as Olaf while Jonathan Groff will voice Kristoff again.

“Frozen” directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are back with the sequel as well, and songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez return also.

“Frozen 2” is set for release on Nov. 27, 2019.

“Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013 — it earned more than $1.27 billion globally, won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song) and a Golden Globe (best animated feature film).

The Broadway version of “Frozen,” which is in the midst of its run and three Tony Award nominations this year., features a score by Oscar winners Kirsten Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez with both old and new songs and a script by Jennifer Lee, the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter and co-director.

Broadway veterans Caissie Levy and Patti Murin take over as the polar-opposite sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively.

Both Wood and Brown received Emmy nominations which were announced on Thursday morning. Wood is nominated for her work on HBO’s “Westworld,” and Brown is nominated for NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Variety first reported the news.

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‘Frozen 2’: Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown in Talks for Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the 2013 smash hit. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad are returning to reprise their roles as Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, respectively. Jenn…

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s “Frozen 2,” the sequel to the 2013 smash hit. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad are returning to reprise their roles as Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, respectively. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will also be back to direct. Lee is writing […]

‘Frozen 2’ Star Kristen Bell Teases ‘Very Good’ Story and Songs

Kristen Bell has warmed up our hearts a little bit with an update on “Frozen 2.”

During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, the actress said she recorded her lines and knows the story, which she said is “very good.”

“I have recorded the movie,” Bell said. “There will be edits before it’s finished but I know the songs, I know the story, it’s very good — I can’t say much more than that or I’ll get in trouble!”

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Bell will reprise her role as Anna in the sequel to the hit animated film. Idina Menzel will once again voice Elsa, and Josh Gad will return as Olaf while Jonathan Groff will voice Kristoff again.

“Frozen” directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are back with the sequel as well, and songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez return also.

Also Read: Original ‘Frozen’ Cast Wants to Reunite for Live Show at Hollywood Bowl Next Year

“Frozen 2” is set for release on Nov. 27, 2019. The first film was released in 2013 and has since grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. “Black Panther” just edged out “Frozen” on the top 10 list of the highest grossing films globally.

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Kristen Bell has warmed up our hearts a little bit with an update on “Frozen 2.”

During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, the actress said she recorded her lines and knows the story, which she said is “very good.”

“I have recorded the movie,” Bell said. “There will be edits before it’s finished but I know the songs, I know the story, it’s very good — I can’t say much more than that or I’ll get in trouble!”

Bell will reprise her role as Anna in the sequel to the hit animated film. Idina Menzel will once again voice Elsa, and Josh Gad will return as Olaf while Jonathan Groff will voice Kristoff again.

“Frozen” directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are back with the sequel as well, and songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez return also.

“Frozen 2” is set for release on Nov. 27, 2019. The first film was released in 2013 and has since grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. “Black Panther” just edged out “Frozen” on the top 10 list of the highest grossing films globally.

See the video below.

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

The force behind ‘Frozen’ and its upcoming Broadway launch said “A Wrinkle In Time” can be “evoked,” but the book eludes direct translation.

Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,” Lee became a member of a small sorority that includes only nine women who have directed or co-directed a film with a budget over $100 million. The others are Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Kathryn Bigelow (“K-19: The Widowmaker”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2″ and 3”), Brenda Chapman (“Brave”), Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Lana and Lilly Wachowski (“Cloud 9” and “Jupiter Ascending”), Vicky Jenson (“Shark Tale”), and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Disney’s upcoming “Captain Marvel”). And when “Frozen” grossed over $1 billion, Lee became the first woman director to cross that threshold.

“Frozen”

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Lee chased down the live-action assignment for science-fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time” in the spring of 2014 when she heard Disney was looking for a writer to adapt the Newbery Award-winning 1962 Madeleine L’Engle children’s classic, and passed through a gauntlet of meetings before landing the gig. What did she say to get it?

“You have to evoke what it feels like,” said Lee, who shares screenplay credit with Jeff Stockwell (“Bridge to Terabithia”). “You can’t translate it literally. It’s an evocative book that everyone has a unique relationship with. You can’t try to make it definitive. You have to be inspired by what is there, show them something unique. They have their own relationship with the book. The film has to support its themes with Meg as the main character really driving this story.”

This version of the book relies less on romantic interest Calvin, or L’Engle’s religious Christian struggle. “That was the comfort zone before,” said Lee. “We’re in a different place now, 50 years later. We can give it to Meg, who isn’t perfected by the end of the film, but embraced as exactly who she is. A lot of ideas are evoked, but not through one specific lens. Madeleine loves science. I love quantum physics and cosmology; that was my way in. Science has come so far since then. It’s about evoking that weird, wonderful universe, not trying to literally recreate the singularity that was L’Engle’s way in.”

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“A Wrinkle in Time”

Lee made a point of not seeing the Weinsteins’ badly reviewed 2003 TV movie. Besides, she points out, L’Engle could jump from place to place in the book and play with space and time and points of view in ways that a movie simply can’t. She had to ground the relationship between Meg (Storm Reid), her father (Chris Pine), and mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and let the teenage girl drive the story instead of the three Wizard-like Mrs. (Which, Who, and Whatsit). “The human being has to be solid,” she said, “and what it means to her vulnerability when her father’s disappeared. The mother has to rise up to be a true person. We had to update and ground it.”

Another challenge is that the source material had been mined by so many films over decades.  “I heard a movie mention a tesseract,” said Lee. “‘Excuse me? It’s not yours!’ It can get reductive. You have to shake it up. We tied one of the children to each of the Mrs. We shouldn’t try to be literal. We did not want to see a pulsing brain.”

Of course, when director Ava DuVernay took the helm, many things were changed. “Mrs. Whatsit looks nothing like the book,” said Lee. “Audiences will say, ‘that’s not what I saw, it’s what she interpreted.'”

Director Ava DuVernay with Storm Reid on the set of Disney's A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Director Ava DuVernay with Storm Reid on the set of “A Wrinkle in Time”

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Which raises the question: should this movie, which stumbles on the design and execution of its wildly disparate fantasy environments, have been produced as an animated film? “If it had not come up through live action, I would have been very happy to do that,” Lee said. “With animation you can do whatever you want.”

However, Lee’s precious time is no longer focused solely on animation. In addition to writing “Frozen 2,” she’s less than two weeks from the Broadway opening of the two-hour “Frozen” musical, in which there’s now more songs than music (14 new songs; the original had 65 minutes of scenes and 25 minutes of songs).

As for “Frozen 2,” co-directors Buck and Lee weren’t planning to do a sequel, but one day stumbled over some uncharted areas of the sisters’ relationship that they could explore. “We realized a whole part of the conversation that hadn’t been told,” she said. “We started with them, who they are, and found a story that wholly comes with the two of them, which I am still writing.”

The beauty of writing an animated film is that you can keep tinkering with a scene until the animation is locked. Look for that process to be completed in about 14 months. When “Frozen 2” is done, Lee has insisted on four months off, to see her teenage daughter through high school, imperfections intact.

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Frozen director might give Elsa a girlfriend in the sequel

Pretty much since Frozen came out, some fans have been interpreting Elsa’s whole story arc as a metaphor for an LGBTQ person coming out (her parents hide her away because she’s different, she’s taught to suppress her emotions, yet she feels much better and more free once she decides to let it go), and because of that…

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Pretty much since Frozen came out, some fans have been interpreting Elsa’s whole story arc as a metaphor for an LGBTQ person coming out (her parents hide her away because she’s different, she’s taught to suppress her emotions, yet she feels much better and more free once she decides to let it go), and because of that…

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‘Frozen 2’ Co-Director Responds to Fan Requests for a Lesbian Plotline: ‘We’ll See Where We Go’

She addressed the upcoming sequel while promoting her next Disney feature, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee — who will revisit Arendelle with Chris Buck for next fall’s sequel — wants Disney fans to know she’s heard their pleas to give Princess Elsa a female love interest.

“We have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee told The Huffington Post while promoting her adapted screenplay for Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” “Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”

Lee also said loves that Elsa “speaks to so many people” and that the film is “creating dialogue” about LGBTQ representation: “It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.” Tony winner Idina Menzel, who voices Elsa, previously said she thought an online petition to give her character a girlfriend was “great.” Co-stars Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff have all signed on for the follow-up.

Filmmakers Chris Buck Jennifer Lee Peter Del Vecho Frozen Academy Awards

Chris Buck Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho with their Best Animated Feature Oscars for “Frozen”

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Reactions were mixed to a “gay moment” for Gad’s character, Le Fou, in the studio’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” last year. Earlier this month, Florence Kasumba — an actor from “Black Panther,” released by Disney-owned Marvel Studios — confirmed earlier reports that her alter-ego’s queer flirtation scene was omitted from the final cut.

Released in 2013, “Frozen” currently holds the Guinness World Record for the highest-grossing animated film. It earned nearly $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and inspired a Broadway show, which opened February 22 (the opening immediately preceded by workplace sexual harassment allegations made against Disney theatrical group president Thomas Schumacher in The Wall Street Journal).

The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez). This weekend, the Lopezes will attempt to win the category again for “Remember Me,” their medley from Pixar’s “Coco.”

Frozen 2” will be released on November 27, 2019.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen 2’ And ‘The Lion King’: Disney Unleashes A Barrage Of Release Dates

Disney just unveiled a bevy of release dates for its upcoming slate, not the least of which is Star Wars: Episode IX (in 3D) which will bow on May 24, in 2019. In addition, it removed the mystery around the untitled animation title previously announced on Nov. 27 in 2019. It will be the highly anticipated sequel to Frozen. Also, they have pegged the live-action The Lion King (also in 3D) based on the animated worldwide smash hit to July 19, 2019.
Other news is that the…

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Mark Hamill Is Ready to Trade ‘Last Jedi’ Secrets For ‘Frozen 2’ Ones

People will do anything to learn what’s going to happen in their favorite franchises.

Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in “Frozen,” hosted “The Last Jedi” panel at the Star Wars Celebration, which started off with a video montage of him bugging star Daisy Ridley for any “Star Wars” secrets.

At one point, Gad tried to leverage his status in one of Disney’s other popular franchises, but the actors weren’t going to spill anything.

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At least, they weren’t going to while on stage in front of thousands of people.

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who’s known for his “dad jokes” on Twitter, as he calls him, posted two photos immediately following the panel that shows there might be some secret negotiations in the works.

“In negotiations to exchange VIII spoilers for Frozen 2 leaks,” he tweeted. “And knowing Olaf is in the film isn’t good enough!”

In negotiations to exchange VIII spoilers for Frozen 2 leaks. And knowing Olaf is in the film isn’t good enough!#WaitForVIII #WontLetItGo pic.twitter.com/43qqLi5ioe

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 14, 2017

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The audience did learn a few things from the panel though. We learned of a new character, saw a new poster, and watched the first teaser.

Either way, don’t go to Hamill’s Twitter feed if you want the truth from “The Last Jedi.” He tends to lie a lot, as you can see from his April 1, 2016 tweet.

Time 4 a #SWSecret@rianjohnson OK’d release of stunning #Ep8 plot point-Tell 21,000 friends! #HAMILLION #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/B9nQM6A5st

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 1, 2016

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People will do anything to learn what’s going to happen in their favorite franchises.

Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in “Frozen,” hosted “The Last Jedi” panel at the Star Wars Celebration, which started off with a video montage of him bugging star Daisy Ridley for any “Star Wars” secrets.

At one point, Gad tried to leverage his status in one of Disney’s other popular franchises, but the actors weren’t going to spill anything.

At least, they weren’t going to while on stage in front of thousands of people.

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who’s known for his “dad jokes” on Twitter, as he calls him, posted two photos immediately following the panel that shows there might be some secret negotiations in the works.

“In negotiations to exchange VIII spoilers for Frozen 2 leaks,” he tweeted. “And knowing Olaf is in the film isn’t good enough!”

The audience did learn a few things from the panel though. We learned of a new character, saw a new poster, and watched the first teaser.

Either way, don’t go to Hamill’s Twitter feed if you want the truth from “The Last Jedi.” He tends to lie a lot, as you can see from his April 1, 2016 tweet.

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