It’s just a matter of time before another Once Upon a Time spinoff is developed. Could the world of Frozen be explored in a new series?
There is no doubt that Disney has struck gold with Frozen. The smash hit movie has launched an ice show, a Broadway production and a book series (all on top of the inevitable sequel)… and we’re sure that’s only the beginning!
The Once Upon a Time creators Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were so taken with the story, they lobbied to include the characters in season 4 of their hit series. And since ABC is owned by Disney, that crossover was not only possible, but welcomed.
Of course taking such a recent phenomenon and incorporating it into a show about classic fairytale characters was a bit of a controversial move. But there has been a ton of hype for the Frozen characters’ debut on Once Upon a Time, and as the sky-high ratings proved, the gamble paid off.
Since the cancellation of Once Upon a Time‘s first spinoff attempt, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll), fans have been wondering which fairytale universe ABC might try to spin off next.
Is it possible that Once‘s take on Frozen could be expanded from its planned half-season arc to a full series?
While we have yet to hear Kitsis and Horowitz’s thoughts on this, one of the Frozen arc actors would be up for reprising his role: Scott Michael Foster tells Hollywood Life that he would be happy to consider playing Kristoff again, if it ever became a possibility.
“It honestly just depends on who would be doing it,” he says, and adds that he’d be “more willing” to consider the project if they kept the other Frozen actors from Once Upon a Time.
While it’s fun to imagine a Once Upon a Time in Arendelle (or, er, a better name) spinoff, surely it seems unlikely that Disney would allow it, considering that Frozen 2 has not yet come out (and we assume the screenwriter will want to build on existing canon, not new material made up by the Once writing team).
…And yet. Once Upon a Time has already broken the original timeline for the story, so any new material they write is already considered AU.
The Frozen character Elsa (Georgina Haig) has a series of flashbacks in season 4, episode 1 which take place after the events of the Frozen movie. Since we doubt that Frozen 2 will see Anna travel to Storybrooke while Elsa gets trapped in a magic urn, Once: Frozen is already changing history.
We also get a backstory for Elsa and Anna (Elizabeth Lail)’s parents which cannot possibly be canon, as it ties into the larger Once Upon a Time mythology.
A potential live-action Frozen TV series starring the actors featured in Once Upon a Time would continue developing within this alternate version of Arendelle, and be removed from the events of Frozen 2 and any other sequels or short films.
And believe it or not, ABC president Paul Lee had the following to say on the possibility when E! Online asked him earlier this year:
“We don’t have immediate plans for a Frozen spinoff… but [The Once creators] are so inventive.”
So we guess nothing is off the table when it comes to expanding the Frozen franchise!
Would you like to see a Frozen spinoff of Once Upon a Time, or do you think there comes a point where we’ve just about frozen over? (Hah, you thought we were gonna make a ‘let it go’ pun there, didn’t you?)