It’s no secret to anyone that Disney is making a Live-Action version of practically every animated film in their storage, resulting in films like Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book, Cinderella, Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Dumbo.
Well know, it’s time to add The Little Mermaid to the list as, reportedly, Disney is already on the lookout for a director of this feature film, and according to Collider, Rob Marshall is the studio’s first choice.
Marshall has already worked with Disney before, beginning with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011, following with Into the Woods in 2014 and currently, he’s directing Mary Poppins Returns, the studio’s sequel-reboot of Mary Poppins, premiering in 2018. Marshall is also no stranger to musicals, and let’s remember The Little Mermaid is a musical, as he has also directed critically acclaimed musicals such as Chicago.
Currently, Disney has hired Lin-Manuel Miranda, a.k.a the man behind Hamilton and currently working on Mary Poppins Returns as Jack, to collaborate with Alan Menken for all-new songs in this Live Action version of The Little Mermaid.
According to Deadline, Disney has already made Marshall an offer, and he’s currently reading the script -written by Jane Goldman- and most likely will make a decision after the holidays end. The studio is expecting him to board the project right after the new year.
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