After what has been a hugely successful theater run, Disney’s animated film Frozen will be turned into a Broadway musical in the near future. Walt Disney CEO and chairman Bog Iger recently revealed the news in an interview with Fortune.
To date the film has earned a domestic total of $317,319,106 and a worldwide total of $711,919,100 according to Box Office Mojo. The film’s soundtrack is also the fourth animated musical to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in its 56 year existence. The Lion King in 1994, Pocahontas in 1995, and Jack Johnson’s Curious George in 2006 were the other three movies.
Iger shared in a statement that a time-frame had yet to be set for the project saying, “”We’re not demanding speed. We’re demanding excellence.”
Frozen tells the story of Princess Anna, the future Queen of Arendelle, along with mountain man Kristoff who race against time to prevent her sister, Elsa from unwittingly turning the kingdom into an eternally icy realm. Along the way Anna meets new friends and learns significant life lessons.
This will not be the first time Disney has transformed one of its animated films into a stage production. Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid have all undergone the transformation to be brought to life on Broadway.
Iger spoke on the significance of placing the film on Broadway saying, “If you think long term about what Disney is and the success and the vitality of the brand, this is a very, very important event.”