Dwayne Johnson says a live-action version of ‘Moana’ is in the works
LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co is developing a live-action version of its animated movie hit “Moana,” star Dwayne Johnson announced at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Monday.
“Moana” is set in ancient Polynesia and tells the story of a teenage girl who sets sail on an epic journey to help save her tribe.
The animated version was released in 2016 and racked up nearly $683 million at global box offices.
“I’m deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of Moana to the live-action big screen,” said Johnson, who voiced the role of the demigod Maui in the original film.
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“This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength,” said Johnson, whose mother is Samoan.
“I wear our culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once in a lifetime opportunity to reunite with MAUI, inspired by the spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me,” he said on Instagram.
The actor said the new movie was in the early stages of development. No release date was announced.
“Much more to come, but until then… What can I saaaaaay except… You’re welcome,” he said as he sang Maui’s song from the movie.