With its first trailer hitting theaters, Frozen 2 is now firmly in the “prepare to be released” stage for a Disney-Pixar sequel that’s been under consideration for years.
The studio, however, said this week that the film won’t be released this summer, meaning it’ll have to wait until 2019.
Disney has been making a point of releasing the film in the fall to avoid making the summer movie season seem more crowded than it is.
“Disney and Pixar are close to finalizing a Frozen sequel,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday.
“It’s not a big one.
It’s not anything close to a movie that we’re planning on making.”
Iger also said the studio is “very excited” to begin work on a new animated feature called The Croods.
“There’s a lot of excitement around the new animated series, which is very much about the Croods, and it’s a very special and very different kind of animated series,” he said.
The new Croods will focus on the life of the Crood family, but Iger said the new project is not connected to Frozen.
Iger, however — who also said he’d be happy to see the sequel to Frozen 3 get a second crack at theaters — also said Disney is interested in creating a new Disney Channel show based on the film.
The project is still in the early stages, but Disney has talked about a potential third season, and a Disney Channel film based on it.