Disney Eyes Rob Marshall to Direct Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'

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Marshall recently directed Mary Poppins Returns, another update on a Disney classic starring Emily Mortimer, Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

It's important to note that Marshall has not accepted the offer just yet, but I have a hard time imagining him turning down something like The Little Mermaid.

As Disney continues to adapt many of its classic animated films, Deadline reports that the studio is eyeing Rob Marshall to direct the live-action The Little Mermaid. He directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (a forgettable film which inexplicably made over a billion dollars worldwide at the box office), re-teamed with the studio for Into the Woods, and is now in post-production on Mary Poppins Returns, which is being positioned as a major holiday movie for Disney next year.

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Should this go through, this would be another film that he and Lin-Manuel Miranda will have worked on together. Miranda is producing the film with Marc Platt, who also produced La La Land and Marshall's Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns.

Of course, The Little Mermaid isn't the only live-action adaptation the studio has in the works. That film is set for release December 25, 2018. Deadline reports that he's already been working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda to score The Little Mermaid's live-action version. If you've ever gotten one of the film's eminently hummable songs stuck in your head - tunes like "Part of Your World" or "Under the Sea" - it's Menken you have to thank. Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as Genie, is set to hit theaters in 2019, followed by Jon Favreau's The Lion King and Niki Caro's Mulan.

Marshall was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the 2002 musical Chicago.

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