Disney is not going to stop with the live-action adaptations of their animated classics. Not as long as films like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast keep making the box office gold that they are making. With films like Dumbo, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King currently in the works, the studio is continuing to go through their vault of award-winning animated films and pairing them with an almost perfect creative team. Case in point, The Little Mermaid, which will have new songs by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken.
We reported on the film when it first broke in August of last year, and now there are new reports saying that the live-action film is looking to land Rob Marshall as director. More on the story below.
It’s been one heck of a year for Lin-Manuel Miranda. After he took his last bow as the title character in the hit Broadway show Hamilton this summer, he’s been keeping himself busy working on the music for Disney’s upcoming Moana and signing on opposite Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns.
But it appears that his Disney tenure isn’t quite done yet. Now Miranda will be stepping in as a producer and to work on the music for the not-so-surprising live-action take on Disney’s 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid. More on the story below.
Last year it was announced that Sofia Coppola was on board to direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid over at Universal. Since then, news on the production of the film has been slow going, to a point where many had forgotten about the project. Well now comes word that Coppola is dropping out due to “creative differences” and “casting issues.”
Both Deadline cited the creative differences, while Variety says there was a disagreement with casting. According to them, the Lost In Translation director wanted Maya Thurman Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, to play the role of Ariel. This choice did not sit well with Universal and Working Title. Joe Wright (Pan, Anna Karenina) was actually on the shortlist of possible directors, but he is currently in talks to direct The Lifeboat, which is another project over at Focus Features (Universal’s indie company) and Working Title.
What do Jodi Benson, Jim Cummings, and Patrick Warburton have in common? They’re some of the greatest individuals to lend their voices to Disney animated films!
This final portion of my list of the 25 Best Disney Animated Film Voice Artists includes an eclectic mix of actors and actresses responsible for performing the studio’s most iconic characters. If you missed them, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 first!
Twenty-five years ago, one teenage character helped revive the Disney animation brand. Thanks to the success and quality of The Little Mermaid, an enduring title in the Disney library, animated films gained mainstream attention after years of disappointments by various studios. The movie’s significance in multiple genres (animation, musicals, coming-of-age) and its ability to win over audiences worldwide was something to celebrate.
In celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary, it is imperative that any Disney or Mermaid fan follows one of these steps to honor Ariel, Sebastian, and the clan.