Jennifer Lee, a screen writer who grew up in East Providence, has received an Oscar nomination for screen writing, according to the Providence Journal.
Lee co-wrote “Wreck It Ralph,” Disney Animation's blockbuster movie nominated for best animated feature film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The video game adventure opened to a record $49.1 million.
Lee now is making the jump to director as well, according to the Hollwood Reporter.
Lee is joining director Chris Buck in directing Frozen, the Disney studio’s 53rd animated feature. It is scheduled to hit screens in late November.
The movie features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel and is set in a kingdom where eternal winter has set in for two sisters.
Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the Frog) said in Inside Voices:
“Jenn has a real connection to the film and creates dynamic and relatable characters. Her sense of comedy, adventure and story structure paired with Chris Buck’s vast experience and incredible instincts create an ideal situation for this film.”
The movie website said Lee got involved in Frozen when she did a rewrite of the script. One of the sisters, The Snow Queen (Menzel), is the sorceress responsible for the eternal snow day. The other, Anna (Bell), is on a quest to put a stop to the spell.
Inside Voices said: "The story is loosely adapted from 1845′s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, whose work led to the creation of another Disney animated classic — The Little Mermaid."