It appears that the unstoppable force that is “Frozen” is just getting started and the “Star Wars” cinematic galaxy is only getting larger.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Thursday at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting that “Frozen 2,” “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Rogue One” are officially in development and set to arrive in the not too distant future.
Iger broke the news of the sequel to the Oscar-winning feature alongside John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf).
Director Chris Buck, writer Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho all return to recapture the magic of the first film, which has earned $1.3 billion at the box office and sold tons of merchandise.
“Frozen 2” is currently under development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, with a release date yet to be announced.
Rian Johnson (“Looper”) will direct and write “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which will continue the events of “Force Awakens” and arrive in theaters on May 26, 2017. J.J. Abrams is signed on as the executive producer.
Fans of the Emmy-winning series “Breaking Bad” may be delighted to know that Johnson directed three episodes, including “Ozymandias,” which is regarded as a standout episode from show creator Vince Gilligan and fans alike.
“Rogue One,” however, is the first standalone film in the franchise and will introduce new characters and events outside of the main Star Wars saga. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) will serve as director, Chris Weitz (“Cinderella,” “Antz”) will pen the script and John Knoll and Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises”) will executive produce.
Felicity Jones (“Theory of Everything”) is the first actress cast, but her role was not announced.
Shooting for “Rogue One” will commence this summer in London, and it is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.