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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...
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has rehired and furloughed crew working on its UK production The Little Mermaid and will utilize the government's Job Retention Scheme, meaning they will receive 80% of salary up to a maximum of £2,500 $3,100 per month.
In email correspondence seen by Deadline, executive producer Jeff Silver and unit production manager Russell Allen notified production staff yesterday that it will rescind previous termination notices that were handed out on March 20 when it originally shut down the shoot until April 3; crew will still be paid in full until that date. The furlough will last until at least the end of May, unless shooting resumes before then or the production does not move forward as originally planned.
The move follows the UK government's confirmation earlier this week that staff who were laid off after February 28 will be eligible for state-backed furlough if they are rehired by their previous employers.
The Little Mermaid, a live-action and CGI remake of the classic Disney movie, is being directed by Rob Marshall and has cast including Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy.
Disney confirmed today’s news to Deadline. It is not immediately clear if crew on any further UK projects from the studio are being furloughed. Marvel pic Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is in pre-production ahead of a June shoot here but was previously understood to still be progressing towards that date.
Yesterday, Disney announced substantial pay cuts to high-level staff as it looks to weather the crisis, including chairman Bob Iger who will forego his salary and CEO Bob Chapek who will take a 50% cut. The studio has said it will continue to pay theme park staff until April 18 while the venues remain closed.
UK union Bectu also contacted its members today to notify them about Disney’s decision and to applaud the studio. The union said it has now written to nearly 300 film and TV production companies urging them to furlough PAYE freelancers.
Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said: “Bectu welcomes Disney's decision to furlough crew until the end of May when the government has said the JRS will run until. Disney is taking its responsibilities as an employer seriously and this is model behaviour that the rest of the industry should be looking to follow.”
“We are calling on all production companies to do the same where they can and if cash flow is a problem to consider using the government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme. There are many PAYE freelancers out there who have been waiting weeks for government help and one of their only options is to be furloughed. Employers must explore this option where possible to help alleviate the stress and anxiety that many are experiencing at the moment. Bectu...
Disney's the Little Mermaid may have just found its Sebastian, as Daveed Diggs is reportedly in talks to play the role. Known primarily as the vocalist of the hip hop group Clipping, Diggs has also won both a Tony Award an a Grammy for his work in the musical Hamilton. Additionally, he has appeared in a recurring role on Black-ish and wrote and starred in the 2018 movie Blindspotting, which earned him a Best Male Lead nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. He has also appeared in the Netflix movie Velvet Buzzsaw and has been cast as Frederick Douglass in the upcoming Showtime series The Good Lord Bird.
If cast, Daveed Diggs would join Halle x Chloe singer Halle Bailey as a part of the cast of The Little Mermaid. Other names reported to be in talks for certain roles include Melissa McCarthy as Ursula the sea-witch, Jacob Trembly as Flounder, and Awkwafina as Scuttle. Harry Styles, Cameron Cuffe, and Jonah Hauer-King have all also come up in the news as possible names in contention to play Prince Eric, but the role has yet to be officially cast. Additionally, Javier Bardem was reported to be in the running to play Ariel's father, King Triton. As the project will reportedly start shooting this spring, the project should be officially finalizing more of its cast members in the near future.
Released in 1989, the animated version of The Little Mermaid tells the story of the mermaid princess Ariel. After falling in love with a human prince, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea-witch for a chance to become human and pursue a relationship with him, but Ursula has a sinister and ulterior motive for helping her. The upcoming live-action remake will be directed by Rob Marshall using a screenplay by David Magee, incorporating songs from the original version while adding new tunes from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Additionally, Miranda and Marshall are producing alongside Marc Platt and John Deluca.
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As the lovable crab particularly known for leading the tune 'Under the Sea,' Sebastian was originally voiced by Samuel E. Wright. Since the news of a live-action Little Remake was first announced, some fans had been holding out hope Wright would be able to reprise the role with his iconic and unforgettable voice. Diggs' potential casting would put the kibosh on that idea, though Diggs would certainly bring a lot of talent of his own to the role. Wright's inclusion would have undoubtedly been awesome, but there's no reason to believe Diggs won't do a fine job as well, given the acclaim he has already achieved both with acting and in music.
Interestingly enough, Sebastian will also be played by the reggae singer Shaggy in ABC's upcoming production The Little Mermaid Live!, which premieres on Nov. 5. We'll see if Diggs manages to finalize a deal to play the crab in the live-action movie, but the actor doesn't appear to be a bad...