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David G. Derrick Jr. Tapped To Direct ‘Moana’ Disney+ Musical Series

David G. Derrick Jr. is set to direct the upcoming “Moana” musical series for Disney+.

Derrick, a respected story artist in the industry first joined Disney Animation in order to work on “Moana,” and in so doing reconnected with his family’s Samoan roots. He was deeply involved in the storyboarding of some of the film’s most iconic moments.

“Working on Moana was a gift, personally and professionally,” says Derrick. “The film ‘Moana’ caught and shared the spirit of Polynesia with the world. I am honored to continue her story and to celebrate the rich and beautiful cultures of the Pacific Islands.”

Derrick joins Oscar-nominated “Moana” producer, Osnat Shurer, on the series. “Dave’s great story instincts, his visionary cinematic style, and his deep love and commitment to Moana and the Pacific Island cultures that inspired her world, make him a perfect director for the series,” says Shurer

As Derrick and his story team are in development, the recently-announced new Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver, which will be the production home for the series, is ramping up their staffing, as the Studio nears its official 2022 opening.

Head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Vancouver, Amir Nasrabadi, said in a statement,

“We have been elated by the positive response from the community. In the next many months, we are continuing to post staff positions for our studio, and with the talent we have here, and the fact our teams’ first project together will be the ‘Moana’ series, I can’t imagine a better way to launch the studio.”

Source: The DisInsider

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