Disney has agreed to buy the publishing house that publishes Moana, a popular children’s book series by artist and illustrator David Thomson.
Disney said in a statement on Wednesday that Disney would buy the book publisher, Walt Disney Books & Arts, which was founded by Thomson and published by Disney Books.
The Moana movie series, which includes the upcoming Moana: Legend Reborn, will be available online starting on Jan. 17, 2020, Disney said.
The movie series will be produced by Disney Imagineering, and Disney said that the film will be shot on Disney’s new 20-foot-long (6 meters) scale model of Moana’s underwater world.
Disney will also acquire the publishing rights to the Disney Parks and Resorts portfolio of titles, including Moana Adventures, a children’s adventure book featuring Moana and her friends, as well as Moana Island, a fantasy adventure book.
Disney said it would distribute the film through Disney Imagineers and Disney Enterprises, the parent company of Pixar, Marvel Studios and Disney XD.
Disney has made significant investments in the film business since it acquired Lucasfilm in 2018, with the acquisition of the live-action Star Wars film franchise.
The deal comes after Disney announced earlier this year that it had bought a minority stake in Disney’s publishing division, which Disney owns and publishes with Disney Books Publishing Group.
Disney will now be in charge of publishing Disney properties, with Disney Publishing Group’s publishing assets, including Disney Books, Disney Parks &.; Resorts and Disneyland Resort.
Disney, Walt and Disney Imagineer Jeff Williams previously teamed up on the Moana film series.
Disney and Disney Publishing group previously owned the publishing publishing rights for the Moanau books, which were published by Walt Disney Publishing, but Disney has since spun the publishing assets off.