Disney is looking to put the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid into the safe hands of Rob Marshall, as they circle him to direct. In a report from Deadline, it sounds like Marshall is being offered the movie, and is taking the holidays to read Jane Goldman’s script. He will most likely board the project at the beginning of the new year.
Marshall has had a long working relationship with Disney, going all the way back to 1999 where he directed an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney. Since then he has gone on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Into the Woods. His latest project, Mary Poppins Returns is currently in post-production.
I’ll be honest in saying that the idea of Rob Marshall directing is rather disappointing to me, it feels so..safe. I found On Stranger Tides to be the weakest of all the Pirates films, lacking the heart and vision of the other films. And while Into the Woods had an incredible ensemble cast, the film itself never managed to wow me. While it seems almost certain Marshall will direct, I won’t be disappointed if someone else takes the journey under the sea at Disney.
Disney’s live-action division has been quickly assembling a string of live-action remakes. Aladdin is nearly done with Will Smith playing the Genie and Guy Ritchie directing. After is Lion King, which is showcasing one of the most impressive voice casts in recent memory. Marshall is represented by CAA.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern