Disney Announces ‘Moana’ Live-Action Remake with Dwayne Johnson Returning

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Today, Walt Disney announced that a live-action remake of the hit 2016 Hawaiian film Moana is in the works. The film will be produced by original stars Dwayne Johnson and Auli‘i Cravalho. Johnson also will bring producers Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia to help produce under their Seven Bucks Productions.

Like its animated predecessor, the film will celebrate the islands, communities and traditions of Pacific Islanders as seen through the eyes of a young woman eager to pave her own path. Moana’s journey of self-discovery and reflection on the lives of her ancestors won hearts worldwide, as did her newfound friendship with an exiled demigod named Maui. 

Dwayne Johnson is expected to return as the demi-god Maui but the studio may find a new actress for Moana. Cravalho added: “She has had such a profound impact on how we think of Disney princesses. Moana’s strength and perseverance are inspiring—to audiences around the world, to me, and to everyone who helped bring her to life. I’m looking forward to sharing her story in a whole new way.” No writer or director has been announced yet.

Moana has no set release date

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