Oh hell yasssss, we want to see a CGI crab singing “Under the Sea”!
On the heels of great successes turning their classic animated movies into live-action films (Cinderella, The Jungle Book), Disney is now in the early stages of making the 1989 animated musical The Little Mermaid into a live-action spectacular.
Deadline.com reports the Mouse House bigwigs are in talks right now to find the right producers to take on the project – and then go from there.
There is also another Little Mermaid film already in the works from Universal Pictures, with Chloë Grace Moretz attached to star, although it is most likely a more straight-forward telling of the famous Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale sans the music. The original fairy tale doesn’t work out so well for the Little Mermaid, by the way; she doesn’t get the prince she falls in love with, but instead sacrifices her life to become an “air” spirit, so, we think this Mermaid might be way darker.
This clearly leaves room for another Disney extravaganza with a CGI Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle et. al., along with great casting opportunities for Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric and the rest – and if the recent teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast gets you jazzed up, just imagine what The Little Mermaid will do!
Oh wait, there’s even more live-action movies coming from Disney. Along with this week’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, there’s Pete’s Dragon coming out this summer, while Beauty and the Beast opens in theater March 17, 2017. Plus, on the slate: Cruella with Emma Stone; A Wrinkle In Time with director Ava DuVernay attached; Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson; Dumbo with director Tim Burton; and a sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney never ceases to amaze.