Disney's Newest Live Action Movie Might Be...

Posted: May 25 2016, 11:15am CDT | by , in News | Latest Movie News

Disney's Newest Live Action Movie Might Be...
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Executives at Disney are always looking for ways to make things new again. Case in point is the release of Beauty and the Beast, which just put out a trailer yesterday. It turns out that they are already looking for their next live-action feature, and they are again digging into the vault. This time they have their sights set on The Little Mermaid, trying to see whether or not it will be possible. Since a lot of the action takes place underwater, it might be a little difficult. According to Deadline, they are in early discussions with major producers.

The Little Mermaid is one of the best movies Disney has ever produced, and they know it. The movie helped to usher in what has been called the "Golden Age of Animation" along with Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin.

The teaser for Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame, was viewed 92 million times in just the first 24 hours, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens and all installments of Marvel movies.

The Jungle book has grossed $850 million so far, and has encouraged Disney execs to look through their catalog for more live-action adaptations.

Now, this might seem like an old story because there actually is already one in development through Universal, with Chloe Grace Moretz attached.

Still, Disney has been known to attract better actors and they have the rights to all of the songs that we love.

Deadline also highlighted the upcoming roster of Disney movies: Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27), Beauty And The Beast (March 17, 2017), as well as this summer’s Pete’s Dragon (August 12). The slate includes Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing; A Wrinkle In Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing; Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing; Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger; and a sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

As far as casting goes, there isn't anything official, but Anna Kendrick is always a great choice. As for Prince Eric, Darren Criss will be playing the actor in a Hollywood Bowl version of the show, so hopefully some producers catch that.

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