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Sunday 21 December 2014

Future hots up for Disney's Frozen

Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff voice the lead characters in Disney's Frozen
Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff voice the lead characters in Disney's Frozen

Frozen, the Disney animated movie starring Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff, is set to be adapted into a stage musical.

Walt Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger revealed that the studio is in talks to develop a theatrical show around the icy Golden Globe-winning film about two sibling princesses , voiced by Kristen and Idina Menzel.

But he admitted that it is still in early stages of development, telling Fortune: "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence."

Bob added: "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."

Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Frozen has already become one of Disney's biggest hits.

The movie, which won the Golden Globe for best animated film, has made over 669 million US dollars (£407 million) at the box office worldwide, making it the second highest grossing non-Pixar Disney Animation title of all time after The Lion King.

It is also one of Disney's most successful films, taking fourth spot in the list of original animated film of all time after The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Up.

The film's soundtrack, written by husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, stormed into the top spot on the US charts, thanks to songs like Let It Go and Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

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