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.
I love Disney movies. You love Disney movies. We all love Disney movies. But let’s be real, there are some pretty glaring plot holes in pretty much all of them, not that that’ll stop me from watching them. Without further ado, here are ten Disney plot holes that annoy the crap out of me.
1. Ariel has some issues. She’s clearly a space case who’s forgotten she’s literate, because despite signing a binding legal contract to give her voice to a space witch, she at no point attempts to write Prince Eric a letter, a word in the sand, hell, even spell something with spaghetti. The older I get, the more I relate to King Triton. “I’m sixteen years old, I’m not a child anymore!!!” GURL, yes you are.
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2. Ariel PART 2. Moving past her silence, because apparently all it takes to win the guy then almost lose the guy then win the guy again is to be silent through your whole relationship. Mysterious works, apparently. Anyway. One of Ariel’s best friends is a crab. Yet here she is, totally Gucci with the slice of man she wants to sink her teeth in sinking his teeth into Sebastian’s fourth cousin twice removed, or whatever.
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3. How come Hades doesn’t realize that Herc is STILL ALIVE??? The whole plan revolves around Hercules not being there when he takes over Mt. Olympus, so in true middle manager form, he asks his interns to do the most important task and never bothers to check their work until 18 years later when their half-assed attempt backfires and bites him in the butt. Also, the souls literally fly through his living room. He has no one to blame but himself.
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4. In 101 Dalmatians, does anyone believe that Anita and Roger can responsibly take care of over one hundred dogs? Seriously, anyone? Someone needs to call Animal Control, because this is some serious Hoarders behavior.
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5. Despite never meeting a White Man™ before, Pocahontas can magically speak English. I’d love a remake of this movie where every time John Smith says something, Poca just responds with “I literally can’t understand you, white boy” in Virginian Algonquin.
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6. Cinderella’s whole life goes back to normal when the clock strikes midnight, except for the shoes. Sure, sure, it continues the plot, let’s glaze over it. But like, the prince has to check the foot of every single woman in the kingdom? You’d think he’d vaguely remember what she looks like, or at the very least remember she’s blonde.
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7. The Seven Dwarves are precious gem miners, and yet are so poor they have to live seven deep in a small cabin. I mean, I get living with your best friends, I’m doing it, but they can’t even pay poor Snow White for her maid services? Alllllrighty then.
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8. Aladdin’s first wish was to become a prince, which the Genie granted. Clearly Aladdin either wasn’t paying attention, forgot, or just doesn’t believe he’s really a prince, because he won’t shut up about how Princess Jasmine can only marry a prince. I don’t know how he forgot, he has the dopest song of the whole movie. It’s in my top five Disney songs ever. And the Sultan’s reaction afterwards, “Splendid!!! Simply marvelous!!!!” Yes, yes it is.
9. I get that when Rapunzel gets a haircut that the cut hair turns brown and loses its magical powers, but the hair attached to her head shouldn’t also lose its magical powers. I’m sure Disney and Tangled fanatics have a myriad of excuses, but none of them will convince me.
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10. In The Princess and the Frog, Naveen has to kiss a princess in order to turn back into a human. Charlotte’s temporary royal title, as her father was named the King of Mardi Gras, was only valid til midnight, and boo kissed the frog after midnight. Girl should be a frog herself, but that wasn’t how they wanted the story to go soooo.