Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” has announced an exciting collaboration with Disney during the studio’s annual shareholders meeting. Johnson will be teaming up with Disney to develop a live-action remake of the beloved 2016 animated musical, “Moana.” This announcement has generated significant buzz among fans and moviegoers alike, as the original film was a huge success both commercially and critically.
Johnson will be producing the remake under his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Beau Flynn, known for his work in producing blockbuster films, will also be involved through Flynn Picture Co. Additionally, Jared Bush, who penned the screenplay for the original “Moana,” will be returning as the writer for this remake, along with Dana Ledoux Miller.
In his announcement, Johnson expressed his deep connection to the story of “Moana,” which is inspired by Polynesian myths and culture. He shared that the story holds special significance for him as it represents his own cultural heritage and the warrior spirit of his late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. Johnson stated, “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, is one that runs very deep for me.”
“Moana” follows the journey of a young woman who sets out to save her island from an ecological disaster by reuniting a mystical relic with its rightful owner, a goddess named Te Fiti. Along the way, she teams up with Maui, a demigod, who becomes her ally in their quest to restore balance to the world. The original film was praised for its beautiful animation, compelling story, and memorable songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.
The live-action remake of “Moana” is sure to generate excitement among fans of the original film and those who are eager to see Dwayne Johnson take on the role of Maui. With the talent and passion behind this project, it is poised to be another blockbuster success for Disney. As more details emerge about the casting, production, and release date of the live-action “Moana,” fans and movie lovers alike will be eagerly anticipating this highly anticipated remake.