Disney has a frontrunner to direct the live-action Little Mermaid

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It seems like Disney is happy with how that film is coming along because the studio has just offered Marshall the coveted director's chair for the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The film will be a musical - duh! - and, according to Deadline, will feature new music from Alan Menken and Lin Manuel Miranda in addition to the music from the animated film. Marshall will reportedly make his decision sometime after the holidays, but again, I can't see him saying "no" to this.

Following the success of live-action reboots of classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, Disney is embarking on another bankable revival - a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

While everyone is buzzing about the overwhelming theatrical powerhouse Disney will become if it acquires the film, TV and global assets of Fox, Disney's live action division has been putting together some blockbusters in its own right. That film, which brings back Dick Van Dyke to act alongside Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt, is scheduled to release in December of next year. With iconic songs like Part of your World and Under the Sea, it will be hard for the live-action version to top the original. It is worth noting that Marshall was also responsible for directing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The studio offering this directing job to Marshall indicates that they're pleased with what they've seen on the Poppins sequel, so at least that bodes well for that movie's prospects. Almost done is Aladdin with Will Smith playing the genie, and next up is The Lion King, with Beyonce heading that ensemble.

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