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Disney’s hit animated film moana is getting a live-action remake, the company announced on Monday.
The remake of the 2016 film is in development, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who played the character of Maui, he said in a video.
“It’s still very early in the process,” he said. “There’s a lot more work to do.”
Moana, which draws on Pacific Island cultures, centers on “an adventurous teen who, with the help of the demigod Maui…sails on a daring quest to prove that she is an expert at finding paths and saving her people.” , according to Disney.
Johnson, whose mother is Samoan, will produce the upcoming film and reprise his role as Maui, who was modeled after Johnson’s late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia.
“I am deeply honored and overwhelmed with gratitude to bring Moana’s beautiful story to the big screen in live action,” he said. “This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of the grace and warrior strength of our people.”
Auli’i Cravalho, who is Hawaiian and voiced the title character, said Moana “has had such a profound impact on the way we think about Disney princesses. Moana’s strength and perseverance are inspiring to audiences.” from all over the world, for me and for everyone”. she who helped bring her to life. I’m looking forward to sharing her story in a whole new way.”
Cravalho will also executive produce the project.
disney said moana it grossed nearly $644 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe. Its soundtrack won a Grammy and a Billboard Music Award.