It seems like a live action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is another step closer to becoming a reality. Disney today announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame will be teaming up with Disney Legend (and original composer for the animated Little Mermaid) Alan Menken for the music of The Little Mermaid remake.
While details are sparse, it looks like Miranda and Menken will be working on some new songs for the film, which itself will also include the beloved tunes from the 1989 animated classic.
It’s been a good year for Lin-Manuel Miranda as far as Disney projects are concerned: not only is he working on the music for Disney’s 2016 animated tentpole Moana, but it was also recently announced that he will be co-starring alongside Emily Blunt in the much talked about Mary Poppins sequel. Alan Menken is well known for his work on Disney musicals, and has composed the music for Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and Tangled, among others. Menken is also writing new songs for the 2017 Beauty and the Beast live action remake.
Disney appears to be rushing forward with its Little Mermaid remake, considering Universal is also busy with its own version of the story. Universal’s Little Mermaid is currently in production and has Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role. Disney is also on a roll with its live action remakes of classic features. The most recent, Pete’s Dragon, is now in theaters.
Are you excited for Disney’s remake of The Little Mermaid?
Edited by: Hannah Wilkes