Looking to continue the successful trend of their live-action remakes, Disney has officially added THE LITTLE MERMAID to the schedule and paired up Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda with long-time Disney composer Alan Menken to write the music for the film. It is reported the film will be orchestrated as a mix of songs from the original 1989 animated feature, for which Menken won two Oscars.
It was revealed in May that Disney was looking to add The Little Mermaid to their growing list of live-action remakes, but there were no updates on the film until now. Miranda is also set to produce alongside Marc Platt.
Miranda burst onto the scene with his first musical, In the Heights, which won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, and then became nothing less than a phenomenon with Hamilton, which has become one of the most successful musical in Broadway history. Through all this, he’s developed a great relationship with Disney, from secretly composing music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to working on the music for the studio’s next animated film, Moana. He will also be co-starring in a live-action Mary Poppins sequel alongside Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, and Ben Whishaw.
However, the musician-actor-writer has a special fondness for The Little Mermaid, going so far as to name his son Sebastian after the crab in the film. While he’s not attached to write the script for the film, he will be supervising the story.
Disney has had incredible success with their live-action remakes, including Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and most recently with The Jungle Book. In the future, they have the long-anticipated Beauty and the Beast set for release on March 17, as well as Cruella with Emma Stone, The Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo, Tinker Bell, and sequels for both Maleficent and The Jungle Book.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.