May 25, 2016


Is Disney Considering a Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'?


The trend of Disney transforming your favorite animated films into live adaptations just won't end, as the company is now thinking about making 1989's The Little Mermaid into a live-action remake. According to Deadline, major production executives connected to the studio have discussed the idea of reviving the Hans Christian Anderson fable.

The idea is a smart one business-wise, as The Little Mermaid is one of the biggest films from Disney's Golden Age and could be just as big (or even bigger) as last months's The Jungle Book, whose live adaptation has grossed $860 million worldwide.

It will also follow the live remake of Beauty and the Beast, which arrives in March 2017. But while new twists on old classics are exciting, do we really need another The Little Mermaid film?

Just last year, Universal and Working Title cast Chloë Grace Moretz as Ariel for their version that would draw more from the dark Hans Christian Andersen tale than the blissful animated film. There hasn't been any new updates on that version, but Sofia Coppola dropped out of the project as director. But wait—there's more!

There is already a Little Mermaid musical coming to the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater this June, which will star Rebel Wilson (Ursula), Sara Bareilles (Ariel), John Stamos (Chef Louis), Tituss Burgess (Sebastian the Crab) and Darren Ciss (Prince Eric). So prep yourself for the Disney overload, because it's not stopping anytime soon.

To feed your childhood nostalgia even more, flip through our picks of all the Disney animated classic that need the live-action treatment and a list of all the singers who would fit Ariel perfectly.