‘Moana’ writer and director not attached to live-action remake

Disney legend John Musker, who worked on the original ‘Moana’, will not be working on the live-action adaptation.

If you’re a Disney fan, you’ve seen it. It’s the story of the fierce young girl and the humorous demi-god. It’s the memorable songs and the breathtaking ocean views. That’s right: it’s Moana. Starring the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, the 2016 animated hit is now being redone as a live-action film set to premiere in 2026. But, one of its original writers and directors has recently stated that he will not be attached to the live-action remake.

Now, if you’re a Disney fan that means this news brings one of three feelings: excitement, anger, or just plain indifference. Some love the live-action remakes that have taken the screen. And some have been quite successful. Others wish that Disney would just let a good thing be. Still, others will go see it because it’s Disney and to test the hype, but that’s about it. In the increasingly long line of these redone stories – such as Cinderella, Aladdin, and The Lion King – is now soon-to-be Moana.

But while some will return to help retell the story – like The Rock himself as Maui – others will not be returning for a second round, and that includes one of the original’s writers and directors, the renowned John Musker. Known for his work on other animated classics like The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Treasure Planet, he was a huge part of Moana coming to the big screen almost a decade ago. He recently revealed to EL PAÍS that he is not involved with the live-action adaptation though. “I hope that they do it well, but we have nothing to do with it,” he stated.

Of course, not having him join the project doesn’t signify whether it will fly or flop, but it is a reminder that the movie is in new hands. All theater-goers should keep that in mind when the film premiers.

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