A fan has been forced to wait more than two years for a film adaptation of his beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie.
The film, which opens in UK cinemas on August 5, will be the first Disney animated feature to be directed by the late Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.
The Snow White movie is currently being produced by a number of independent companies, including Illumination Entertainment and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and is reportedly due to open in theatres in 2019.
But the wait is long for a major Hollywood film.
“I’m really excited about it.
I think we’re in a new era where Hollywood is taking care of the business of movies and getting them out there, rather than making them and letting them languish in limbo,” said Jaimie Kohn, a former Disney employee who is now a producer at the company’s Pixar studio.
“And the fact that I worked with people like Cuaron, it just seems like a really smart way to do it.
He was the only director to have directed a movie for Disney that went to number one, he was the first to direct a film for Universal and he was a pioneer for independent animation.”
In 2013, the studio announced plans to release a live-action version of Frozen as a live action feature, with a budget of $75m.
“When you look at what they’ve been able to do, they’ve really built up a reputation for quality, so they’re definitely the ones to go with,” said Kohn.
“The idea of making a film that people can get on board with, and that is an amazing opportunity to expand the audience, it’s a real win for everyone.”
The original Snow White was directed by Oscar-winner Al Jean, who was also behind Disney’s Cinderella and Pocahontas films.
“It’s a story of a princess who is kidnapped, her friends are taken and her home is burned down,” said the producer.
“So this film is a story about what happens when people are taken away from the world they love and the world is a cruel place.”
Frozen was released in 2015.
The movie’s plot centres around the adventures of Anna, Elsa and Olaf, who take on the role of the Snow Queen, who seeks to protect the kingdom from evil forces.
“We wanted to do something different,” said producer Jeff Lichtman.
“There’s something very special about a story where the heroes have to go to rescue the world and this is something that was very familiar to us from the movies.
We were looking at the idea of the idea that people had been talking about in the past.
And then we decided to make something new.”
In 2014, Disney announced it would be releasing a live television show, which it described as a spin-off of its feature Frozen.
The show would follow the adventures and exploits of the Disney characters as they travel across the globe.
“That’s our plan to go live,” said Licht, referring to the live-TV project.
“What we’ve always said is we want to give you more opportunities to come back to the park and we want it to be a fun experience for our fans, for our guests and it’s going to be an incredible way to engage our audiences.
And so we think that’s going be a great way to get people into the park.”
But the show will not be Disney’s first foray into animation.
“In the ’80s and ’90s, they had a lot of animation projects going on and we just weren’t doing enough of it,” said a source at the studio.
While there are now several animated shows being produced, it is likely that Frozen will remain a popular franchise in the world of Disney.
“Disney is a company that has never stopped trying to make things better, so if it does come back it’s something we’re going to love,” said Jeff Robinov, a co-producer of the Frozen series.
“If you’ve ever had an experience that was good or bad or funny, you’re going with that one.
You’ve never had a show that you thought was as good as Frozen, and it has been.”
The latest installment in the series is titled Frozen Fever.
It will premiere in the US on Disney XD in late 2018.