Moana 2
Teaser poster
Directed by
  • David Derrick Jr.[1]
  • Jason Hand[1]
  • Dana Ledoux Miller[1]
Produced by
Starring
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 27, 2024 (2024-11-27)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Moana 2 is an upcoming American animated musical fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The sequel to Moana (2016), the film was directed by David Derrick Jr., Jason Hand, and Dana Ledoux Miller (in their feature directorial debuts), and produced by Christina Chen and Yvett Merino. It stars Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from the first film.

Development on Moana 2 originally began in 2020 as a television series for Disney+ before being reworked into a theatrical sequel by February 2024, with Derrick confirmed as director. The involvement of Hand, Ledoux Miller, Chen, and Merino was confirmed in May. Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa'i, the composers and co-songwriters of the first film, returned to score and write the songs, while Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear replace Lin-Manuel Miranda as additional songwriters.

Moana 2 is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 27, 2024.

Premise

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 has ever faced by facing off against a wicked sea sorceress and many other challenging creatures. In order to complete her mission of reconnecting all of the people and communities of Oceania, she must summon her old demigod friend Maui for help and new ones.

Cast

Production

Development

In December 2020, during a Disney Investor Day meeting, Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer Jennifer Lee announced that a musical series titled Moana, based on the 2016 film of the same name, was in development at the studio for Disney+.[7] By August 2021, it was reported that Osnat Shurer would once again serve as producer.[8] In January 2022, it was announced that David G. Derrick Jr. would serve as the director, after filling the role of storyboard artist of the first film.[9][10][11] The series entered development simultaneously with the live action remake of Moana according to Jared Bush, a writer of the film and screenplay writer of the 2016 animated film.[12]

In February 2024, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the series had been reworked into a theatrical sequel titled Moana 2, with Derrick and Shurer remaining attached to the project.[13] By the release of the first trailer in May, Jason Hand and Dana Ledoux Miller were confirmed as co-directors alongside Derrick, while Christina Chen and Yvett Merino were revealed to replace Shurer as the film's producers.[1]

Casting

Shortly after the announcement that the series was being repurposed into a theatrical feature film, Auliʻi Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson were confirmed to reprise their respective roles as Moana and Maui.[2][3][4][5] Johnson later confirmed that he had been involved with the project since its conception, including its development, stating: "I can't wait for fans to see the film, the technology, the effects, cutting edge. We all really went for it. We thought if we're gonna make a sequel to something so beloved, let's really go for it."[4]

Animation

Animation was handled at Walt Disney Animation Studios' Vancouver studio beginning when it was being developed as a series, while pre-production and storyboarding took place at the Burbank studio.[8] It is the first feature film to be made at the Vancouver studio,[8][14] but not the first project released, with Iwájú being released earlier that year.

Music

Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foaʻi return to compose the film score, while Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear wrote the songs, replacing Lin-Manuel Miranda from the first film.[13][15]

Release

Moana 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 27, 2024.[13][16] A sneak peek at the film is set to screen at the 2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 14, 2024.[17]

Marketing

The first trailer for the film was released on May 29, 2024.[1][18]

References

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  4. ^ a b c Gawley, Paige (February 8, 2024). "Dwayne Johnson Confirms the Live-Action 'Moana' Movie Has Found Its Star (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  5. ^ a b Dwayne Johnson [@TheRock] (February 8, 2024). "MOANA 2 11.27.24 🌴 🌊🪝" (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2024 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Gearan, Hannah (May 21, 2024). "Moana 2 Gets Major Update from Dwayne Johnson". ScreenRant. Retrieved May 22, 2024.
  7. ^ Holloway, Daniel (December 10, 2020). "'Moana,' 'Cars,' 'Princess and the Frog' Spinoff Series Set for Disney Plus". Variety. Archived from the original on May 31, 2022. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 4, 2021). "Walt Disney Animation Amps Up Production With New Vancouver Studio, First Project Is 'Moana' Musical Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  9. ^ Sarto, Debbie Diamond (January 21, 2022). "David Derrick Jr. to Direct Disney's 'Moana' Series". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on January 24, 2022. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  10. ^ Sternberg, Sabrina (January 22, 2022). "'Moana' TV Series for Disney+ Finds Its Director in Story Artist David G. Derrick Jr". Collider. Archived from the original on July 4, 2022. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  11. ^ Bonomolo, Cameron (January 23, 2022). "Disney Animation Announces Disney+'s Moana: The Series Director". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  12. ^ Bush, Jared [@thejaredbush] (April 3, 2023). "Oh yes. And it's phenomenal" (Tweet). Retweeted by no. Archived from the original on June 29, 2023. Retrieved June 29, 2023 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ a b c Stephan, Katcy (February 7, 2024). "Moana 2 Set at Disney With Surprise 2024 Release Date". Variety. Archived from the original on February 7, 2024. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  14. ^ Donnelly, Matt (August 4, 2021). "Walt Disney Animation Opens New Vancouver Studio for Long-Form Series Production". Variety. Archived from the original on August 4, 2021. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  15. ^ Bregel, Sarah. "The strange journey behind the TikTok duo replacing Lin Manuel Miranda for the Moana sequel", BBC, February 13, 2024
  16. ^ Youngs, Ian (February 8, 2024). "Moana: Disney's hit animation to get surprise cinema sequel this year". BBC. Retrieved March 23, 2024.
  17. ^ "Moana 2", Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Retrieved May 8, 2024
  18. ^ Dick, Jeremy (May 28, 2024). "Moana 2 Gets First Poster Ahead of Trailer Release". CBR. Retrieved May 28, 2024.