March 10, 2017


Live-Action 'Little Mermaid' Trailer: This One's Set in Mississippi Apparently

The trailer for the live-action Little Mermaid remake is here! Well, for one of the remakes. The not-Disney one, also the non-Universal one. Watch the first trailer above. The titular magical being is from the Mississippi River in this one. Sorry, King Triton—you'll get a call for the next one.

Until 2016, Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairy tale hadn't had a notable theatrical adaptation since Disney's 1989 animated musical. Last year brought an indie Little Mermaid (hold the The), from first-time director Roxie Daisy Blum.

It looks like this new interpretation of the story involves an intrepid English reporter (William Moseley, of the Chronicles of Narnia movies and The Royals) and a sinister circus man (Armando Gutierrez, of Walt Before Mickey). Also, The Shannara Chronicles' Poppy Drayton as the mermaid, Elizabeth, and Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine being all sagacious. 

The Little Mermaid hits theaters sometime this summer. It's the second directorial outing for Chris Bouchard, an accomplished visual effects artist. Co-director/screenwriter Blake Harris is making his debut in both fields.

Last August it was announced that Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda would follow his Disney team-up Moana with the Diz's own Little Mermaid live-action flick. He'll be a producer and work with the original's composer, Alan Menken (also of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas) on new music. 

Universal's Little Mermaid, meanwhile, saw Chloë Grace Moretz exit the lead in September. In 2015, Sofia Coppola vacated her directing spot.

Next, listen to an episode of Fuse's nostalgia-tastic Besterday podcast: