Disney Animation CCO hints Frozen 3 may be split into two parts

Is Frozen 4 it's own movie or is it really just the second half of Frozen 3's "epic story"? We have some questions!

Magical and larger than life, Elsa is the perfect mythic character—but she can’t help but wonder why
Magical and larger than life, Elsa is the perfect mythic character—but she can’t help but wonder why /
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Earlier this year, Disney confirmed that Frozen 3 was in the works, alongside sequels to Toy Story and Zootopia. Not much has been shared on the status of the next Frozen film since that announcement, other than that the team is "hard at work" on it; however, in a recent interview with The Walt Disney Company, Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee dropped a pretty intriguing detail.

Talking about the story they are currently putting together, Lee referred to it as "so epic it may not fit into just one film."

The comment has sparked speculation that Frozen 3's story could actually be split into two films.

The especially interesting thing about this comment is that it came on the heels of Disney CEO Bob Iger revealing that Frozen 4 is also in the works.

While appearing on Good Morning America, Iger stated:

""Well, I’ll give you a little surprise there, Michael. 'Frozen 3' is in the works and there might be a 'Frozen 4' in the works too. But I don’t have much to say about those films right now...But Jenn Lee, who created 'Frozen,' the original 'Frozen' and 'Frozen II,' is hard at work with her team at Disney Animation on not one but actually two stories"

Naturally, this has Disney fans — myself included — confused about how much Frozen we're getting in the future. Are we getting Frozen 3 in two parts and a Frozen 4 movie — so three movies total? Or is Frozen 4 simply the second part of Frozen 3, and Bob Iger's comments just led us to believe it would be a completely different film.

Rereading Iger's comments following Lee's interview, it does seem like he was a bit more uncertain about Frozen 4. The fact he says "there might be a Frozen 4" suggests it would depend on the scale of Frozen 3's story. If it is indeed as Epic as Lee teased, then maybe the fourth film is the concluding half.

In any case, it sounds like Disney has big plans for the Frozen franchise moving foward. And why wouldn't they, it's one of their most financially successful franchises with both films grossing over a combined $2.7 billion at the global box office.