Disney Confirms ‘Moana 2’ and Sets Surprise 2024 Release Date

Disney has announced a sequel to “Moana,” set for release on November 27. The animated film will take the audience on a new adventure with Moana and Maui, directed by Dave Derrick Jr. Original music will be featured, but Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be composing new songs.

A live-action remake is also in the works, with a different actress portraying Moana. Auli’i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, is expected to return for the animated sequel.

Disney Confirms ‘Moana 2’ and Sets Surprise 2024 Release Date

TitleMoana 2
Release DateNovember 27th, 2024
DirectorDave Derrick Jr.
MusicAbigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina
Returning ActorsAuli’i Cravalho as Moana (voice)
Live-Action RemakeSeparate project from “Moana 2,” featuring Dwayne Johnson as Maui and a different actress as Moana.
Executive ProducerAuli’i Cravalho for the live-action remake, ensuring accurate character representation.
Box Office“Moana” grossed over $680 million at the box office and surpassed 1 billion hours of streaming on Disney+.

In an exciting announcement, Disney has confirmed the much-anticipated sequel to “Moana,” with a surprise theatrical release date set for November 27th. The news was revealed by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger during a segment on CNBC ahead of the first quarter fiscal 2024 earnings report.

Originally conceived as a TV series, the decision to transform the second “Moana” installment into a feature film was fueled by Bob Iger’s profound impression of the project’s early footage. Addressing the franchise’s enduring popularity, Iger expressed eagerness to deliver more adventures featuring Moana and Maui to audiences.

Titled “Moana 2,” the upcoming film promises to take viewers on an expansive new voyage alongside Moana, Maui, and a fresh crew of unconventional seafarers. The narrative unfolds as Moana, following an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, embarks on a perilous expedition to the uncharted waters of Oceania, presenting an adventure unlike any she has previously encountered.

Directed by Dave Derrick Jr., the sequel features music from a talented lineup including Abigail Barlow, Emily Bear, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, all of whom contributed to the success of the original film. While Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of beloved songs from the first film, such as “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome,” is not expected to pen new music for the sequel.

The original “Moana” achieved great success for Disney, amassing over $680 million at the box office. Its continued popularity was underscored by achieving a staggering 1 billion hours of streaming on Disney+ last year.

This announcement follows a challenging year for Disney at the box office in 2023, with several film releases, including “Wish,” “The Marvels,” “Haunted Mansion,” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” facing varying degrees of struggle. However, Pixar’s “Elemental” managed to recover from a slow start, ultimately earning $496 million globally.

It is crucial to note that “Moana 2” is distinct from the live-action remake currently in development, where Dwayne Johnson will reprise his role as the tattooed demigod Maui. Auli’i Cravalho, the original voice of Moana, is expected to return for the animated sequel. However, she will not portray the character in the live-action adaptation, but will serve as an executive producer as Disney remains committed to accurate character representation.

In a statement shared on Instagram, Auli’i Cravalho emphasized the importance of authentic casting and expressed excitement about finding the perfect actress to embody Moana’s remarkable traits.

With this exciting announcement, fans of “Moana” can eagerly anticipate the journey that lies ahead in “Moana 2.”