When Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Wednesday that a cartoon Moana the rest would be Swimming into theaters in November of this year, it sparked both excitement from fans of the 2016 original and questions about the live-action remake starring Dwayne Johnson.
Live Action Moana, announced a year ago by Iger and Johnson, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 27, 2025. Now, it’s almost certain to push that date back to give space to both films, according to insiders. Disney has not addressed the subject and declined comment. Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions, which is producing the live-action version, also declined to comment.
Both Moana the films show how optimistic Iger is about the property — and for good reason.
Disney initially developed the Moana sequel as an animated TV show, but Iger and Disney Entertainment co-chairman Alan Bergman upgraded it to a theatrical release based on the strength of what they saw, as well as the performance of the original. Moana on Disney+.
The 2016 animated film has become a streaming sensation. According to Nielsen, it was the most-watched streaming film of 2023 in the United States (it was #4 in 2022 and #2 in 2021 and 2020).
“The original Moana The 2016 film recently surpassed 1 billion hours of streaming on Disney+ and was the most streamed film of 2023 across all platforms in the United States. With the live-action version of the original film currently in development, Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise, and we can’t wait to tell you more about Moana and Maui when Moana 2 hits theaters in November,” Iger said during Wednesday’s earnings call.
Auli’l Cravalho is rumored to reprise her voice role Moana in the animated sequel alongside Johnson, who…