News Disney Announces 'Moana 2' with Unexpected 2024 Release Date
Disney Announces 'Moana 2' with Unexpected 2024 Release Date
The enchanting world of 'Moana' is set to captivate audiences once again as
Disney surprises fans with the announcement of 'Moana 2,' scheduled for a theatrical release on November 27. Company CEO Bob Iger shared this exciting news on CNBC, revealing that what was initially developed as a TV series has evolved into a feature film, promising a new chapter in Moana's journey. With the success of the original film and its continued popularity, Disney is eager to immerse audiences in a fresh adventure with Moana, Maui, and a new crew of seafarers. Unexpected Feature Film Development
Originally conceived as a TV series, 'Moana 2' caught the attention of
Disney's CEO Bob Iger, who, impressed by the footage, decided to elevate it to the status of a feature film. Iger acknowledged the enduring popularity of the 'Moana' franchise and expressed anticipation for delivering more Moana and Maui to audiences with the upcoming theatrical release.
New Voyage and Unlikely Seafarers
'Moana 2' promises an expansive new voyage as Moana, alongside Maui and a fresh crew of unlikely seafarers, embarks on a perilous journey. A call from her wayfinding ancestors propels Moana into uncharted and dangerous waters in Oceania, setting the stage for an adventure unlike any she has faced before.
Creative Team and Musical Talent
Dave Derrick Jr. takes the helm as the director of 'Moana 2,' accompanied by music from Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, as well as Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, who contributed to the success of the first film. While Lin-Manuel Miranda, the songwriter behind 'How Far I'll Go' and 'You're Welcome,' is not expected to create new songs for the sequel, the collaboration of these talented individuals promises to deliver a memorable and immersive experience.
Anticipation Amid Disney's Box Office Challenges
Disney's box office challenges in 2023, including misfires like 'Wish,' 'The Marvels,' 'Haunted Mansion,' and 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,' the decision to release 'Moana 2' in theaters reflects Disney's commitment to delivering captivating and successful cinematic experiences. The original 'Moana' achieved significant box office success, grossing over $680 million, and continued its popularity with 1 billion hours streamed on Disney+ last year. Separate from Live-Action Remake
It's important to note that 'Moana 2' is distinct from
Disney's live-action remake of 'Moana,' which is currently in development. Dwayne Johnson is set to reprise his role as the tattooed demigod Maui in the live-action version, while Auli'i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, is expected to return for the animated sequel. Cravalho will not portray the titular character in the live-action adaptation but will serve as an executive producer.
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