Rob Marshall, the director behind 'Mary Poppins Returns', is directing the movie which will include old and brand-new songs!
Disney is at it again, the rumors were true! Following the footsteps of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Maleficient, Dumbo, and Aladdin, another Disney classic The Little Mermaid is all set and ready to get a live-action makeover. The 1989 movie, based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, is gearing up for another release on the big screen, only this time, there will be actual actors playing the parts and we have all the details!
According to Variety, comedian and writer Melissa McCarthy, famous for Life of the Party, Identity Thief, and Bridesmaids, has been approached by Disney to play the role of the iconic villain Ursula. The deal is still in early talks but we can already see Melissa nailing the character. She's the perfect fit! It was previously floating around the internet that Lady Gaga would play the role but now we all know that was only a rumor. Another rumor says that Zendaya has been approached for the role of Ariel.
"Who's directing?" Rob Marshall, who very successfully managed to bring back the magic to Mary Poppins Returns, is now working on resurrecting Ariel and we have high hopes. Plus, to the joy of longtime fans of the old movie, the remake will too feature old original songs along with the new ones. Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are working on new tunes for the live-action movie.
Rob Marshall is also producing the remake along with Miranda, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca. Academy Award-nominated celebrated screenwriter behind Life of Pi, Finding Neverland, and The Chronicles of Narnia, David Magee is the scribe so you know, your favorite Disney princess movie is in all the right hands. The original movie cashed in $233 million worldwide back in the day, the new one will definitely set a new record.
Live-action remakes of classics have become a trend anyway and well, it is proving to be successful. Despite all the mixed reviews, Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith earned a whopping $821.3 million across the globe. The Lion King is opening next in line and given it stars the likes of Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Alfre Woodard, it is guaranteed to be a super hit.
Disney is reportedly also eyeing Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and is planning to 'do something' with it. According to Bloody Disgusting, the studio is planning to make a sequel of the iconic movie which might be a live-action feature film. Disney is in talks currently to figure out what they can do with the old movie. A sequel sounds good but if they indeed decide to make a live-action film, they better bag Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter for the main roles. Which live-action movie do you wish to see from Disney next?