Disney may be looking to continue their streak of live-action versions of classic animated features from their vault. Execs are in the early stages of developing THE LITTLE MERMAID for their next adaptation.
The news comes hot on the heels of the early buzz for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. The teaser trailer was released yesterday and had a record-breaking 90 million views in 24 hours. As of late, Disney has seen plenty success with its live-action adaptations the most recent being The Jungle Book which has grossed nearly $329 million domestically.
This will not be the first live-action adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale about the curious aquatic creature. Universal is currently developing their own take on the story starring Chloe Grace Moretz, while MVP Studios is putting their own spin on the tale with Shirley MacClaine, William Moseley, Diahann Carroll, William Forsythe, and Gina Gershon.
The original animated The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and sparked a golden age of animation which included a slate of classics like the aforementioned Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. The film nabbed two Academy Awards for Alan Menken’s original score and the memorable song “Under the Sea.”
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This new was first reported by Deadline.