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‘Frozen’ to receive a sequel, Disney says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Disney announced Thursday it has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new live-action animated feature film based on the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

The acquisition was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger in a press release.

The Frozen feature film will be directed by Chris Buck, who will produce the film, and will be produced by Marvel Entertainment and will include a story by Anna Chlumsky and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who previously wrote the screenplay for the animated film.

Disney acquired the film from DreamWorks Animation in 2014 for $4.85 billion.

The film, which was written by Kristen Anderson and produced by Chris Lichtman and Steven Spielberg, was a global box office smash in 2016, grossing more than $1.7 billion.

Disney’s acquisition comes as the Walt Disney Co. is expanding its animated portfolio, which includes such films as The Lion King, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Frozen and The Jungle Book.

Disney also announced a slate of new film titles, including a series of live-event and theme park attractions in the U.S., including Disneyland, Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World Resort.