Moana 2: Disney Announces Surprise Sequel
Moana Sequel Initially Developed as TV Series
Disney has announced a surprise sequel to its hit animated musical film Moana, which is set to arrive in cinemas in November. During an earnings call on Wednesday, the Disney CEO, Bob Iger, revealed Moana 2 was initially developed as a TV series.
“We Were Impressed by What We Saw and Knew It Deserved a Theatrical Release”: Bob Iger
Bob Iger, the Disney CEO, stated during the earnings call that the studio was so impressed with the footage of the Moana sequel that they decided to turn it into a cinematic follow-up. He highlighted the continued popularity of the original film, noting that it had been streamed for more than 1 billion minutes on Disney+ in 2023 alone.
Moana 2 Release Date: November 27, 2023
Moana 2 will be released on November 27, 2023. The film will be an “expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers,” according to Disney.
Moana 2: Plot and Synopsis
In Moana 2, Moana receives an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors and embarks on a journey to the far seas of Oceania and dangerous, long-lost waters. She must face an adventure unlike anything she’s ever encountered.
Moana 2 Creative Team
Dave Derrick Jr., who worked on the original Film as a story board artist, will direct Moana 2. Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina are writing the songs for the sequel. Foa’i and Mancina previously worked on the first film’s songs with the Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Live-Action Moana Remake in the Works
Despite the upcoming animated sequel, a live-action remake of Moana is also in development and set for release in 2025. Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will reprise his role as the demigod Maui in the live-action Film. The role of Moana has yet to be cast.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Coming to Disney+
In addition to the Moana sequel announcement, Bob Iger also revealed that Disney+ had secured the streaming rights for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which will be available on the platform on March 15. The Disney+ version will include five songs that were not included in the theatrical or video-on-demand releases.