Disney is currently going through remakes of their hit films from the 90s, but a recent announcement featuring Dwayne Johnson has revealed that they will be adapting a more recent hit to live-action.
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As per the official announcement, a live-action Moana is going to be in the works for Disney, and it looks like Dwayne Johnson is expected to reprise the role of the demi-god Maui. Johnson said this about the role:
“I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui, inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me. I want to thank my partners at Disney for their strong commitment to this special endeavor, because there is no better world for us to honor the story of our people, our passion and our purpose than through the realm of music and dance, which is at the core of who we are as Polynesian people.”
Besides Johnson, Auli’I Cravalho, who was the original voice of Moana, is also attached to the project as an executive producer. Now I’m curious if Lin-Manuel Miranda is also coming back to write some new songs for this movie as well.
There’s definitely a lot to love about Moana, and a live-action adaptation shouldn’t be much of a stretch. If anything, I thought Frozen would be the first movie to get an adaptation, but with no Moana 2 in sight (and the Rock probably done playing Black Adam), I think a live-action version of the film could be the next big thing for Disney.
No release date has been set for the live-action Moana, but you can catch another sea adventure with The Little Mermaid which hits theaters on May 26.