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'Moana 2' coming to cinemas in November 2024

By Melanie Uson Published Feb 08, 2024 2:20 pm

Here’s a surprise for you, Disney fans! The sea calls Moana once again for another fun-filled adventure. 

Disney made the surprise announcement on Thursday, Feb. 9 (Philippine time), sharing a first look at the upcoming sequel which is set to be released on Nov. 27.

According to its logline, the second film will show Moana and Maui’s adventure to the seas with a “brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers” joining them on a new voyage. 

“After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced,” it read. 

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According to a Variety report, the film was initially planned to be developed as a TV series, but Disney’s CEO Bob Iger decided to make it as a feature instead after being “impressed with the footage.” 

The film is directed by Dave Derrick Jr., with music from Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear. Joining the team are Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina who also worked on the first film. On the other hand, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote iconic tracks of How Far I’ll Go and You’re Welcome was reportedly not joining the team for the upcoming movie.  

Apart from this, the franchise also gears for its live-action adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson who will play as the demigod Maui.  

Meanwhile, Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the 2016 film, will not reprise the titular role in the live-action version but will serve as the film’s executive producer. 

Moana is a 2016 Disney film that tells the adventure of a teenager who is on a mission to save her people and her island by restoring the heart of a goddess named Te Fiti. It received nods from prestigious award-giving bodies like the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTA.