Disney's the Little Mermaid live-action remake will have a couple of new songs. Alan Menken is one of the most popular composers working in Hollywood. Providing scores for many of the most popular Disney movies, and winning eight Oscars in the process, Menken is as much in demand as ever. Recently, Rosie O'Donnell had a one-time revival of her talk show with virtual guests to raise money for The Actor's Fund during the coronavirus crisis. Menken dropped by for a virtual interview, during which he revealed some tidbits about his upcoming projects.
"This has been a great time for writing. Production stopped on The Little Mermaid movie. We recorded all the songs, and I wrote four new songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the lyricist for Mermaid. And I'm working on Disenchanted, the sequel to Lin-Manuel Miranda. And I have another Broadway show. Oh, and Hercules is coming to the stage, of course. We did that in Central Park last summer. Just a whole bushel of new projects."
Disney has found massive success with its live-action remakes of classic Disney animations. Next on the list is a live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid, telling the story of the mermaid Ariel, who lives under the sea with her fish friends and her father King Triton. Ariel yearns to visit the surface world.
A chance encounter with the human Prince Eric causes Ariel to fall in love with him. The sea-witch Ursula offers Ariel the chance to become human if she can make the Prince fall in love with her without speaking. A topsy-turvy adventure ensues filled with magic, wacky sidekicks and some of the most memorable songs Disney ever made, including Under the Sea and Part of your World.
The live-action remake will have Alan Menken teaming up with Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the soundtrack, and it sounds like the talented duo have already enough material to work with to add four new songs to the storyline. Other Disney live-action remakes have also featured new songs, like the recent Aladdin adding a new song sung by Princess Jasmine about breaking through her personal barriers, in a manner very reminiscent of Elsa's power ballad 'Let it go' from Frozen.
Fans will be happy to hear that the sequel to Amy Adam's fantasy rom-com Enchanted will also be scored by Menken. The sequel, which from what we know so far is named Disenchanted, is set to be directed by Adam Shankman, who has revealed that the movie will take place a decade into the future from where the original left off, with Disney Princess Giselle marrying regular-world lawyer Robert Philip and getting her happily ever after outside the pages of a fairy tale book.
From the sound of its title, Disenchanted, and hints that Shankman had given in the past, the movie will be about what happens after the honeymoon period of a marriage, and whether it is possible for there to truly be such a thing as a happily ever after in real life. This comes from Slashfilm.
We still have a while to wait before the Loki Disney+ series arrives, and perhaps longer than expected depending on how long the current wave of production shutdowns throughout the business continues. But while we wait, we have some new details on the Marvel project from series creator and writer Michael Waldron. While the finer points of the story are being kept under wraps, Waldron has revealed what the show, in vague terms, will be about.
Michael Waldron was brought aboard the series last year. Loki will see Tom Hiddleston return as the trickster god, but what, precisely, we're going to see remains pretty mysterious. During a recent podcast appearance, Waldron explained that we'll see Thor's ne'er-do-well adopted brother going through something of an identity struggle. Here's what Waldron had to say about it.
'I think it's the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be. I'm really drawn to characters who are fighting for control. Certainly you see that with Loki over the first 10 years of movies, he's out of control at pivotal parts of his life, he was adopted and everything and that manifests itself through anger and spite towards his family.'
Indeed, Loki, ever since we were first introduced to him in Thor, has had something of a chip on his shoulder that has guided much of his wrongdoing. He tried to conquer Earth in The Avengers because he craved power that he could never have as Thor's brother, for example. Yet, we've seen him, for brief moments, flirt with doing the right thing. It seems we'll see the beloved villain sort through some of this complex emotion in the show.
Joining Tom Hiddleston in the cast will be Richard E. Grant Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Owen Wilson Wedding Crashers, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Motherless Brooklyn and Sophia Di Martino Yesterday. What we know for sure is that Loki met his ultimate fate at the beginning of Infinity War at the hands of Thanos. Yet, he escaped with the Tesseract during the so-called time heist in Avengers: Endgame. So we're likely going to see him hopping around time and space. However, his fate is already sealed. There is a predetermined endpoint to his journey, which could make things interesting.
Some brief footage from the show was featured in a Disney+ teaser that showcased the upcoming Marvel shows that also included WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We saw Loki locked up in an off-world prison threatening to burn the place to the ground. Other live-action shows in the works for the streaming service that will tie in heavily to the wider MCU include She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and Hawkeye. As it stands, Loki is expected to debut in early 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. For more with Michael Waldron, check out his episode of The Writer's Panel podcast.