A live-action film of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is slowly starting production at Disney, with Halle Bailey playing Ariel and Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula. But that’s not the only adaptation of this classic story that Disney is making.
American television broadcast company ABC is developing a live event to air on November 5th in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. The show will feature a live-action version of the story that also mixes in animation and puppetry to truly immerse viewers in the underwater world.
Moana star Auli’i Cravalho has been cast as Ariel, with Queen Latifah set to play Ursula. Jamaican reggae musician Shaggy will voice Sebastian.
The director of the live special, Hamish Hamilton, described the special less like a production and more like a celebration:
‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ is a celebration. We’re celebrating this incredible animated feature, and we’re gonna do it on the Disney lot. We’re going to do it live‑to‑air in front of a live audience in a room that we’ve created. So we’re going to invite anybody to come, both televisionally and real people, real fans, come to our Little Mermaid theater. In the middle of the room, we will have a giant projection surface, and on that projection surface we will play the feature. When we get to one of Alan [Merken] and Howard [Ashman’s] wonderful songs, essentially we will transition beautifully and smoothly into a world of live performance.
This exciting, live-perfomance experience will be airing just in time for the holiday season, giving us even more to celebrate as we wait for more reveals of the live-action film.
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