Melissa McCarthy has entered into early talks with Disney to star in the live-action adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ as the sea witch Ursula.
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ helmer Rob Marshall is in the director’s chair for the live-action reimagining. Disney and the production team behind it are looking to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.
The film will use some of the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new ones from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. David Magee wrote the script.
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The film tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel who dreams of becoming human, after falling in love with a human prince named Eric. Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Menken wrote the music, including the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”
It featured the voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and René Auberjonois.
The film made a staggering $84 million at the domestic box office during its initial release and $233 million in total lifetime gross worldwide.
Better known for her comedic roles, McCarthy has made her name in films such as ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Spy’ and ‘The Happytime Murders’. She was last seen in a more serious role alongside Richard E. Grant in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ for which she was nominated for an Oscar.