Legendary Disney songwriter Alan Menken and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda are heading under the sea together for a live-action Little Mermaid!
Deadline reports that Disney is teaming up with Lin-Manuel Miranda again (after working with him on The Force Awakens, Moana, and their upcoming Mary Poppins sequel) for a project that’s been inevitable since the Mouse House started increasing their live-action remake output: A live-action Little Mermaid.
“Miranda and Menken will write the music together,” according to Deadline, “and this live-action Little Mermaid will consist of ‘a mix of pre-existing songs from the 1989 Disney animated classic movie, for which Menken won two Oscars.'”
This remake seems to be developing similar to how Disney is handling their live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens: The movie will include songs from the original animated movie by Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Menken has also penned a couple new songs for next year’s release.
Deadline notes that Miranda “has a soft spot for The Little Mermaid, even naming his newborn son Sebastian, after the crab in the musical.”
“They are still working out a lot of details, including the level of Miranda’s involvement. At this point, he isn’t writing the script, but he will supervise the story and the studio will hire a writer shortly.”
We imagine Disney will consider having Miranda and Menken pen a couple of new songs for The Little Mermaid to freshen it up.
In addition to Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, Menken has penned the music for many of Disney’s animated classics including Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Hercules.