Earlier this year, Taika half-revealed in an interview for a NZ magazine Your Weekend that he had been working on something for Disney, but he couldn’t talk about it, yet. The picture above is the official image posted yesterday by Disney Animation Studios announcing their new project. Although Taika’s name is not mentioned in the blog, according to Film Divider, it is him who is behind the original screenplay for the story of Disney’s new Polynesian princess.
Here’s the plot description.
Ron Clements and Jon Musker (the guys responsible for Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and our childhoods), are back with a brand-new film for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana. The film tells the story of Moana, a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. It’s set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. Color us excited. We love incredible journeys, demi-gods, and ancient folklore.
“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.” Well, Mr. Musker, we cannot wait to see more from the film and meet Moana as well! The film comes to theaters in late 2016.
Feels like Moana is in good hands.