Walt Disney Pictures is continuing plans for live-action remakes of practically every animated feature in their library, and now Deadline reports that the studio is considering a recent pitch for a live-action “The Little Mermaid” film.
The original 1989 animated feature kicked off a renaissance for the studio which had struggled with animated features before that point and then suddenly had a successful run of them afterwards with the likes of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”.
With ‘Mermaid,’ initial discussions have reportedly taken place with major producers, but the studio has yet to move forward with the idea. One reason is that Universal and Working Title are already developing their own “Little Mermaid” project based on the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale with Chloe Grace Moretz set to star and Rebecca Thomas directing from a script by Richard Curtis.
Disney’s upcoming live-action takes on their classic films include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book 2,” “Cruella,” “Maleficent 2,” “Dumbo,” “Mulan,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Pinocchio,” “Genies,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “The Sword in the Stone” and new takes on “Tinkerbell” and “Peter Pan”.