Swim into this news, Disney fans! A comic adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, has been announced a week after the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel the upcoming live action remake of the Disney film. The comic will retell the story of the animated film with the classic designs that you doubtlessly remember from childhood. According to The Hollywood Reporter the series will be released by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be adapting the animated film’s story, which is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, very closely but through Ariel’s eyes, allowing us a more intimate look at the events strictly from her POV. The aim of the series will be to truly see what Ariel was thinking as she deals with finding true love, grappling with her father King Triton, and fighting against the evil sea-witch Ursula.
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The comic will be entitled Disney: The Little Mermaid and will be launching as a three issue limited series. The series will be written by Cecil Castelluci, with artwork by Zulema Scotto Lavina. Castelucci’s previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Soupy Leaves Home, as well as other comics such as The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Female Furies, and Shade: The Changing Girl. She has previous experience working on a Disney adaptation comic, having written Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which also told the classic animated film’s story from Snow White’s point of view.
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The comic will be launching October 16th, doubtlessly building hype for the upcoming live action film in the future. Are you excited to revisit the sea and all the denizens within in comic form? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, you can revisit the original animated film or even better, read the story it was based on! But be warned, it’s a little darker.
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Kumail Nanjiani, star of The Big Sick has been announced to star in an adaptation of Simon Rich’s short story “Any Person, Living Or Dead”, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Legendary Entertainment will be adapting the project, with Simon Rich himself writing the screenplay and Jonathan Krisel, whose previous projects include Portlandia. The story was recently published in Rich’s collection of short stories titled Hits and Misses.
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The short story tells the tale of a man seeking to cure all of humanity’s problems, so he uses a time machine to travel through the centuries to collect brilliant minds to put their heads together to do so, such as Shakespeare, George Washington, and Aristotle. Unfortunately, the man underestimates the different values the men actually held, such as loose attitudes toward racism and violence, make them flawed and he has to stop them from damaging the future.
This looks like a fascinating story to adapt and we can’t wait to see Nanjiani again on the big screen!
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Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.
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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard. This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.
Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.
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