August 16, 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda & Alan Menken to Create Music for Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'

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Get ready to go under the sea in real life, because The Little Mermaid is officially being reimagined as a live-action Disney film. Deadline confirmed the news, revealing that Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming with composer Alan Menken for the film's music.

The Broadway star will also co-produce the adaptation alongside Marc Platt (Legally Blonde, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Drive). Menken is best known for his Academy Award-winning scores for the original The Little Mermaid released in 1989, as well as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas.

There is no word of when this new project will be released, but it follows the success of Disney's live adaptation of April's The Jungle Book, which is already getting a sequel. Other live-action films that have been confirmed are Beauty and the Beast (out March 2017), CruellaTim Burton's take on Dumbo and a Tinker Bell flick. There are also rumors about Mulan, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh. Whew!

Along with scoring The Little Mermaid, Lin-Manuel Miranda is also writing songs for Disney's Moana starring The Rock (out Nov. 23). He is also co-starring with Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returnsthe sequel to the classic 1964 film

Look out for its premiere on Dec. 25, 2018, and take our ultimate Disney movie trivia quiz to keep the animated nostalgia flowing.