‘Maui changed my life,’ says Dwayne Johnson as he announces his return in the live-action remake of Disney’s Moana

Dwayne Johnson has announced that a new live-action remake of Moana is in the works. He made the announcement during the Disney shareholders meeting on April 3. The 2016 animated feature was a fabulous hit for Disney making over $680 million at the box office.

Taking to Twitter, Johnson shared a video message and tweeted, “Humbled to say we’re bringing Moana’s beautiful story to the live-action big screen! Maui changed my life (miss you grandpa) and I’m honored to partner with Disney to tell our story through the realm of music and dance, which at the core is who we are as Polynesian people.”

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In a pre-recorded segment shown during the webcast, Johnson said, “I’m deeply humbled and overcome with gratitude to bring the beautiful story of ‘Moana’ to the live-action big screen. This story is my culture, and this story is emblematic of our people’s grace and warrior strength. I wear this culture proudly on my skin and in my soul, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reunite with Maui, inspired by the mana and spirit of my late grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is one that runs very deep for me. I want to thank my partners at Disney for their strong commitment to this special endeavor, because there is no better world for us to honor the story of our people, our passion and our purpose than through the realm of music and dance, which is at the core of who we are as Polynesian people.”

The new film will be produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions and Beau Flynn via Flynn Picture Co. Auli’I Cravalho, who voiced Moana in the original film will serve as executive producer along with Scott Sheldon of Flynn Picture Co. Jared Bush and Dana Ledoux Miller are also part of the production team.

(Source: Twitter/YouTube)