After the success of Frozen (what? You didn’t like it? Oh let it go…), many wondered when the next Disney movie would arrive. It was believed to be in 2018, but now Disney has unveiled that Moana will be arriving in theaters in 2016, and that the project is headed up by two legends of the Disney family.
Ron Clements and John Musker will direct the film. These two famously helped make both Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. They also did The Great Mouse Detective and Hercules.
“John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog,” said Clements in a statement. “Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”
Here’s the official synopsis of the film.
“In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, 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.”
“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” added Musker. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”