Disney's Live-Action Little Mermaid Lines Up a Director

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

As Disney continues to adapt many of its classic animated films, Deadline reports that the studio is eyeing Rob Marshall to direct the live-action The Little Mermaid. Miranda is producing the film with Marc Platt, who also produced La La Land and Marshall's Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns. Marshall has reportedly been offered the director's chair and will decide after the holidays.

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Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid will be the studio's latest remake of their animated classics with Aladdin now under production and The Lion King due to arrive in theaters in 2019. If he made a decision to take on The Little Mermaid, it would be his fourth film with the studio. That film, which brings back Dick Van Dyke to act alongside Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt, is scheduled to release in December of next year. He also directed Disney's upcoming PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. If you've ever gotten one of the film's eminently hummable songs stuck in your head - tunes like "Part of Your World" or "Under the Sea" - it's Menken you have to thank. The studio offering this directing job to Marshall indicates that they're pleased with what they've seen on the Poppins sequel, so at least that bodes well for that movie's prospects. There are some unique technical challenges to be overcome with a live-action Little Mermaid, considering the majority of the story is set under water, and I'm definitely interested in seeing what that would look like. Also in the works are remakes of "Aladdin", starring Will Smith, and "The Lion King", starring Donald Glover and Beyonce. Let us know your thoughts down below!

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