The Disney live-action remake machine continues to chug along with no sign of stopping. While Dumbo underperformed this year Aladdin crossed the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office and early projections are looking very positive for The Lion King. No one should be surprised that more of these movies are on the way and now it sounds like casting for one of the bigger ones is on the way. According to Variety Melissa McCarthy has entered into early talks to join the cast of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid though, they note, the deal is far from finalized.
"Mary Poppins Returns" director Rob Marshall is helming. The film will incorporate the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee wrote the script.
The Little Mermaid is often cited as the movie that kicked off the Disney Renaissance after the mid-80's weren't as kind to the studio. It helped kick off the career of Ron Clements and John Musker who are still turning out hits at Disney to this day with the most recent one being Moana. The other Musker and Clements huge hit was actually Aladdin which has already had its own successful live-action adaption. Aquaman proved that you can shoot a movie that takes place mostly underwater and make it work. It'll be interesting to see this movie, usually cited as one of the most beloved Disney movies up there with movies such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, does compared to the other remakes.