Moana 2 Heading to Theaters in 2024

Moana 2 Heading to Theaters in 2024

In a surprise move, Disney announced that Moana 2 is coming to theaters this Thanksgiving. Originally planned as a Disney+ series, the movie will feature Moana, Maui, and a brand new crew of unlikely seafarers.

Screen grab from Moana 2. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney.

“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.”

Bob Iger announced Moana 2 prior to Disney’s Q1 earnings call. It’s not hard to understand why Disney made this decision. The original Moana earned $687 million at the global box office. And it was the most streamed movie in 2023, with 11.6 billion minutes of viewing. Not bad for an 8-year-old movie!

Moana 2 is directed by Dave Derrick Jr. Music is provided by Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina. Lin Manuel Miranda is not part of the sequel.

Dwayne Johnson recently announced that a live-action remake of the original Moana story is in production. That movie will be released in the summer of 2025.

Moana has already been incorporated into Disney’s parks with Journey of Water in EPCOT. Disney is also considering adding a Moana-themed land to Animal Kingdom to replace DinoLand U.S.A.

Moana 2 is coming to theaters on November 27, 2024.

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