Those of you who are pining for a live-action ’Little Mermaid’ film are in luck, because not only are Universal currently working on one but it’s now been announced that Disney are developing their own, too.
Deadline have reported that Disney are in early talks to make ‘The Little Mermaid’ a live-action film after being seduced by a pitch for the project. They’re now in discussions with producers about how to move it forward.
And if they’re quick enough they might be able to pip Universal’s very own ‘Little Mermaid’ film to release. Universal still haven’t announced a release date for their incarnation, but they have got Chloe Grace Moretz and Rebecca Thomas attached to star and direct from a Richard Curtis script.
While Universal’s version will be based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, Disney’s will have more in common with the 1989 animated film, which differed substantially from the source material.
It’s hardly surprising that, despite the competition from Universal, Disney are moving ahead with their own live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ film, too.
The studio have achieved huge success by adapting their animated classics into live-action films, with 2010’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ grossing $1.025 billion, 2014’s ‘Maleficent’ taking in $758.5 million, 2015’s ‘Cinderella’ making $543.5 million, and, earlier this year, ‘The Jungle Book’ amassed $861.4 million.
In fact, they’ve also got new versions of ‘Beauty And The Beast’, ‘Cruella’, ‘Dumbo’, and ‘Mary Poppins’ all in various stages of development and planned for release in the ensuing years, too. Who said originality was dead in Hollywood?
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