We all know about how Disney is putting together a live-action adaptation of their 1994 animated masterpiece The Lion King in time for a 2019 release. That doesn’t mean it’s the only future animation-to-live-action movie they’ve got in the works. A live-action Aladdin is due in that same year too.
And those are only for films that are already in some form of production or other. Take the live-action take on 1989’s The Little Mermaid. It’s labeled as in “early development” but the latest word is that Disney has already made their first directorial approach with veteran filmmaker Rob Marshall.
It makes sense that the studio would start with somebody they worked with before. Marshall has helmed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Into the Woods (2014), and is currently working on Mary Poppins Returns (2018). He’s also an Oscar nominee courtesy of the Miramax movie Chicago (2002).
Disney made no comment on their offer to Marshall regarding directorial duties for The Little Mermaid, but it would make his fourth picture for the House of Mouse if he accepts. Original film composer Alan Menken has also been tapped with Lin-Manuel Miranda to write songs for the live-action remake.