The Little Mermaid is getting the live reboot so many other Disney classics have seen over the years, like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. This one in particular, however, is causing some controversy with the casting of Halle Bailey, R&B singer, as Ariel. I wonder if everyone so upset with the casting knows the roots of the story. It isn’t just a sweet fairy tale where the princess falls in love with a prince and everyone lives happily ever after. The original tale written in 1837 is much darker and has a deeper connection with Hans Christian Andersen’s life.
Before penning The Little Mermaid, Andersen had fallen in love with a man of much higher class, Edvard Collin. Andersen was attracted to both men and women according to many biography writers, but he was pining for this one man in particular. Collin never returned Andersen’s affections, actually bothered by the special attention that Andersen had paid him and one of his sisters. Collin ended up marrying a woman, and it broke Andersen’s heart. The Little Mermaid became his love letter to Collin.
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In fact, Andersen’s story and that of Ariel are actually quite similar, both tales of unrequited love. Like Andersen, Ariel falls in love with a prince, but she is a mermaid and can’t just walk up to him and tell him. She has no legs! So she sells her voice to a sea witch in exchange for legs and the ability to walk on land to get the prince to fall in love with her. In both Andersen’s original story and Disney’s animated version, the prince does love another woman. In the Disney tale, it is the sea witch, Ursula, who is overcome by Ariel and her animal friends. Ariel gets her prince in the end. In the original tale, the other woman is just another woman. With no voice to express her feelings, something highly symbolic of Andersen’s situation, the prince marries someone else. Ariel, distraught, cries so much she turns into sea foam.
The Little Mermaid is one of the many Disney animated classics that will get the live-action treatment in the near future. Directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) and with the music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film is scheduled for production in early 2020. Recently, some new cast members joined the adaptation.
Recently, it was announced that Melissa McCarthy was in talks to play Ursula in the remake, though the deal has not been finalized. Yesterday, it was revealed that Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) were also in talks to star in the film. Awkwafina will play a gender-swapped version of Scuttle while Tremblay will play Flounder.
Even though the supporting cast seems to be filling out, there is still no word on who will play Ariel and Prince Eric.
Who do you think should play the lead in The Little Mermaid remake? Are you excited for this new adaptation?
As Disney prepares to launch its new streaming service, Disney+, news about the various projects being developed for the service continue to come out. Now, a new show has been announced based on some classic Disney characters.
Disney and ABC will be developing Book Of Enchantment, a television show based on a series of novels by Serena Valentino. It focuses primarily on Disney villains like Maleficent and Ursula and how their stories interconnect in an epic fantasy world. Since the project has just been announced, there is no word yet on casting or filming dates.
Disney+ is expected to launch later this year. Previously announced shows for the service include Marvel series based on Loki and Scarlet Witch, a television version of High School Musical and the newest season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Several movies are also being made for the service, including another Muppets reboot as well as an updated version of Don Quixote.
Rob Marshall, who led hit musical Chicago to its Oscar win, has been offered the upcoming live-action musical remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Scored by Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie looks like it’s going to be BIG. Marshall has until after Christmas to decide if he wants to direct the adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. He also directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but we won’t hold that against him.
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Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman has written the script, and Miranda will compose the music alongside Alan Menken, who was behind iconic tracks on Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and the original The Little Mermaid.
It will follow a slew of live-action remakes of Disney classics including Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. For me, The Little Mermaid is the most exciting of these reboots, as the underwater visuals are sure to be stunning and will further allow me to indulge in my fantasy life as a royal mermaid. Dumbo, though, is the saddest movie ever made and does not need to be rebooted, especially not by Tim Burton. There is enough misery in the world.