Get ready to set sail once again with Moana and Maui as Disney announces a highly-anticipated sequel to the beloved animated film. Titled “Moana 2,” the new adventure is set to hit theaters on November 27, 2024, much to the delight of fans worldwide.
The surprise announcement came from Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, who revealed the exciting news ahead of the company’s first-quarter earnings report for fiscal 2024. Originally conceived as a TV series, “Moana 2” has now been developed into a full-length feature film due to Iger’s enthusiasm after seeing early footage.
“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” Iger expressed in a statement. “We can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when ‘Moana 2’ comes to theaters this November.”
Directed by Dave Derrick Jr., the sequel promises to take audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a fresh crew of unlikely seafarers. As Moana receives an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, she embarks on a daring journey into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s faced before.
Fans can expect captivating music from the talented duo of Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, along with contributions from Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, who were instrumental in creating the enchanting melodies of the original film. While Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome,” won’t be returning with new songs, the sequel is sure to feature an unforgettable soundtrack.
The decision to release “Moana 2” in theaters reflects Disney’s commitment to delivering quality entertainment following a challenging year at the box office in 2023. Despite setbacks with films like “Wish,” the studio is confident that the sequel will resonate with audiences and recapture the magic of the first installment.
“Moana 2” is not to be confused with the live-action remake currently in development, where Dwayne Johnson will reprise his role as Maui. Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the original film, is expected to return for the animated sequel, although she will not portray the character in the live-action adaptation.
“I believe it is absolutely vital that casting accurately represents the characters and stories we want to tell,” Cravalho stated on Instagram. “I can’t wait to find the next actress to portray Moana’s courageous spirit, undeniable wit, and emotional strength.”
With its stunning animation, captivating storyline, and beloved characters, “Moana 2” is poised to be a must-see event for fans of all ages. Mark your calendars and get ready to set sail on a thrilling new adventure with Moana and Maui this November!