Disney has finally announced the sequel to its beloved animated film Moana, which has been eagerly awaited by fans for years. The news came during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, where CEO Bob Iger revealed that Moana 2 is in the works.
A Change of Plans: From TV Series to Theatrical Release
Initially, Moana 2 was planned as a TV series for Disney+, but the company later decided to pivot to a theatrical release instead. This decision is likely due to the immense popularity of the original film, which has crossed 1 billion streams on Disney+ and was the most streamed movie on any platform in the U.S. for 2023.
A New Adventure for Moana and Maui
The sequel will once again take place in Polynesia, where Moana and demigod Maui will embark on another seafaring adventure with a new crew. The story will revolve around Moana receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, leading her to journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters.
A Mysterious New Crew
The cast of Moana 2 has not yet been revealed, leaving fans wondering whether Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson will reprise their roles as Moana and Maui, respectively. The film will be directed by Dave Derrick Jr., who was a story artist for the original film, and the music will be composed by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Abigail Barlow, and Emily Bear.
A Tiny Teaser and a Stunning Image
Disney has released a brief 16-second teaser that shows Moana standing on the shore blowing into a conch shell. Additionally, a stunning image has been released, showcasing Moana, Maui, and their yet-to-be-revealed new crew, accompanied by Pua the pig and Hei Hei the rooster.
While details about Moana 2 are still scarce, fans can look forward to another epic adventure filled with beautiful animation, heartwarming characters, and memorable songs.