Disney Exec Talks Possibility of FROZEN Spin-Off Franchises
Oscar-winning Disney movie's producer Peter Del Vecho sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in an interview posted today and discussed the remarkable success of Disney's animated film Frozen.
As BWW reported yesterday, the film officially became the highest grossing animated film of all time over The Past weekend, and with $1.072 billion worldwide, it has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. The Walt Disney Studios' seventh billion-dollar release has earned an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million internationally.
"It is overwhelming to watch the movie take off," says Del Vecho. "I feel like it's taken on a life of its own. Yes it's become the highest grossing animated movie in the world box office. But pride comes from how the world has embraced the film more so from the numbers, though the numbers are certainly wonderful."
Asked if the global success of Frozen will affect the way Disney produces its films in the future, the producer offers, "Each of the films is very different, but something changed fundamentally six years ago when John Lasseter came onboard [as chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios]. From Tangled to Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen benefited from what we learned and we hope that continues." He adds, "The biggest change is that [Disney] is becoming a filmmaker-driven studio. The filmmakers are responsible for making the decision. Oftentimes the decisions can be made outside of the film, which aren't necessarily best for the film itself."
Can fans look forward to future spin-off franchises to the new Disney classic? "I don't have an exact movie in mind that I will go onto next, but I feel that this team -- myself, along with Chris Buck and Jen Lee -- we work very, very well together so I believe we will be developing a new project." he shared. "But I don't know what that is right now. Right now Frozen's characters are already at Disneyland, and there are discussions on how we can support the characters at other locations. We are also discussing making a theatrical [musical] version of Frozen, but these things take time."