Walt Disney Animation Studios CCO Jennifer Lee Writing a New Project
Jennifer Lee has had quite a career at Disney. She is the writer and director of two of the highest-grossing films of all time, Frozen, while becoming the first female director of a Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film, and Frozen 2. What’s wild is that these accolades also include Lee being the first female director of a feature film that earned more than $1 billion in gross box office revenue.
In 2018, Jennifer Lee was named the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, following John Lasseter’s departure from Disney. Since then Lee has brought a lot of new material to the big screen and Disney+ with Raya and the Last Dragon, Encanto, Olaf Presents, amongst others. She has also pushed for new content with Strange World, coming to theaters later this year and Baymax!, Zootopia+, Iwájú, Tiana, and Moana: The Series, all in various stages of development. That said, Lee’s plate is still quite full.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee revealed that she is also writing a new project for the studio, but couldn’t get into to many details at this time, however, she loves working with creative talent, “What I love about the way Disney works is the CCOs are filmmakers. The respect for the fact that we need to keep creating, that we are only good at our jobs if we are continuing to evolve as artists, was set from the beginning, and it is important to me.”
Writing for a Disney website you get a lot of questions from followers asking for the inside scoop on projects at the various Disney-owned studios. So, the question I will get asked next is, what project is she writing? The obvious answer would be Frozen 3. While not confirmed by the studio, the Frozen franchise still remains one of the most popular IPs in recent history, with movies, shorts, broadway shows, theme park attractions, and meet-and-greets, Disney would be crazy not to continue this billion-dollar franchise. Josh Gad, who voices Olaf, took to Twitter last year teasing the possibility but has since played coy on it.
Of course, another project it could be altogether is something original for the studio. Lee is only writing the project and if that’s the case unless she is handing the Frozen directing reigns to someone else then this is a new project altogether.