- The ‘Smooth Bernie’ conspiracy is false, but the memes are fire Friday 3:59 PM
- Trump says he wants to raise the vaping age to 21 Friday 3:07 PM
- ‘The Mandalorian’ comes to a crossroads in Chapter 3 Friday 1:11 PM
- Apple TV’s ‘Servant’ will make you scared of reborn dolls Friday 1:05 PM
- Lindsey Graham roasted for turning his back on a veteran Friday 12:52 PM
- Scooter Braun asks Taylor Swift for ‘resolution’ after allegedly getting death threats Friday 12:35 PM
- ‘Frozen 2’ plays it safe and lacks the magic of the original Friday 12:19 PM
- Graphic video shows police pinning man face-down in subway station Friday 12:18 PM
- Mini-documentary shows Trump supporters clashing at Denny’s Friday 11:52 AM
- Here’s why ‘Furry and Proud’ is trending on Twitter Friday 11:16 AM
- Sacha Baron Cohen calls tech giants the ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’ Friday 11:04 AM
- ‘Resistance Reborn’ is a must-read before ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Friday 10:14 AM
- Stephen Miller should be fired, more than 100 lawmakers say Friday 9:56 AM
- YouTube star Bretman Rock goes off on fans who wanted selfies during his dad’s funeral Friday 9:14 AM
- The U.S. Army is reevaluating its use of TikTok after security concerns Friday 8:45 AM
A live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to ABC on Nov. 5. It’ll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original animated film.
Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho will play Ariel, while Queen Latifah has been cast as Ursula and singer Shaggy as Sebastian.
The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! will be directed by Hamish Hamilton. He will also serve as an executive producer.
At the Television Criticism Association’s press panel recently, Hamilton said the television adaption will be an “interesting hybrid” of a live-action musical and the original 1989 animation.
“The Little Mermaid Live! is a celebration. We’re celebrating this incredible animated feature, and we’re gonna do it on the Disney lot,” Hamilton said at the panel, via Deadline. “We’re going to do it live‑to‑air in front of a live audience in a room that we’ve created. So we’re going to invite anybody to come, both televisionally and real people, real fans, come to our Little Mermaid theater. In the middle of the room, we will have a giant projection surface, and on that projection surface, we will play the feature. When we get to one of Alan [Merken] and Howard [Ashman’s] wonderful songs, essentially we will transition beautifully and smoothly into a world of live performance.”
Also at the TCA tour was Cravalho, who spoke about her similarities to Ariel.
“I think there is just so much room to play with that while, of course, still paying homage to the original character. That’s me anyway,” Cravalho said. “And, of course, there’s so many beautiful set designs and so much of, really, a visual buffet that I am part of this, but there’s also just so much more that I know people will enjoy that I won’t have to worry too, too much about what I bring to the character because I bring myself, and I feel like that’s enough.”
The television adaption is set to combine the music from both the original animated film and the Broadway stage version. There will be no new songs recorded.
“This special tribute to the original animated classic and its timeless music will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film,” ABC said in a press release.
This adaption of The Little Mermaid follows the announcement of the feature reboot, which caused controversy after it was announced African-American singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel.
So far, this rollout has been much better received on social media.
- Harry Styles is in talks to play Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’
- People are defending childless millennials’ right to visit Disney World
- Marvel unveiled its Phase 4 plans at San Diego Comic-Con
Got five minutes? We’d love to hear from you. Help shape our journalism and be entered to win an Amazon gift card by filling out our 2019 reader survey.
Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.