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Marvel ‘Moana’ Sequel Hitting Theaters in November

Moana and Maui are hitting the sea as soon as once more. In a marvel transfer, Disney CEO Bob Iger introduced that the corporate will unlock an animated sequel to the 2016 movie that may hit theaters Nov. 27. The announcement got here all through an profits name during which Iger emphasised that the send was once being righted at Disney’s movie and TV divisions a number of months after he said the corporate had accomplished an excessive amount of too rapid in an effort to feed Disney+, main to a couple circumstances of decrease high quality tasks hitting {the marketplace}. 

Dave Derrick Jr., who labored at the unique movie as a tale board artist, will direct the brand new sequel, which is break away a live-action remake of Moana starring Dwayne Johnson. Abigail Barlow, Emily Endure, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina are writing the song.

Iger printed the Moana sequel was once to begin with advanced as a TV collection, prior to changing into a film. “We had been inspired by means of what we noticed, and knew it deserved a theatrical unlock,” stated Iger all through the profits name. He added that the movie crossed 1 billion mins of viewing on Disney+ in 2023, underscoring its persevered cultural cachet.

A few of the information Iger additionally shared was once a large coup for Disney+, the purchase of Taylor Swift: The Eras Excursion. The corporate additionally printed a unlock date for Zootopia 2 (Nov. 26, 2025).

On Wednesday, Iger stated the corporate was once “leaning somewhat bit extra into sequels and franchises.” He added that Surprise Studios, which has scale back on its output, “is beginning to concentrate on a few of its more potent franchises going ahead, however I’ll go away it at that.”

The unique Moana voice starred Auliʻi Cravalho as Moana, a tender lady who is going on an journey towards the desires of her father, the manager of the Polynesian island of Motunui. Alongside the best way, she groups up with Maui, a demigod of the wind and sea voiced by means of Johnson. Johnson and Cravalho are anticipated to reprise their roles.

The musical animated characteristic grossed $643.3 million globally, and it won Oscar nominations for easiest animated characteristic and easiest track for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “How Some distance I’ll Cross.”

Ron Clements and John Musker directed the 2016 film. Miranda, Mark Mancina and Foa’i had been the songwriters. 

The Moana information comes because the studio rethinks its franchise technique after quite a few high-profile sequels dissatisfied final 12 months, with underperforming titles together with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future and The Marvels. Animation has additionally been a battle lately, with Pixar’s Lightyear and Disney Animation’s Odd International bombing in 2022. Remaining 12 months’s Pixar characteristic Elemental was once a vivid spot, with the sleeper hit incomes just about $500 million globally.

Just about a 12 months in the past, in March 2023, Iger prompt the corporate could be extra pointed when opting to greenlight sequels, in particular 3rd or fourth installments. “Sequels in most cases paintings neatly for us, however do you wish to have a 3rd or a fourth, as an example? Or is it time to show to different characters?” Iger stated, in particular referencing Surprise.

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