It's pretty clear at this point that Disney is looking to bank on live-action remakes of its classic films, which really isn't surprising considering the success that these movies have had so far in the box office.
Earlier this year, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book earned more than $850 worldwide. Last year's Cinderella, which was helmed by Kenneth Branagh, earned $543 million globally. Meanwhile, 2010's Alice in Wonderland also raked in big time at the box office with a reported $1 billion in sales.
Right now, the live-action Beauty and the Beast is gaining a lot of positive reaction, and that's just from the teaser trailer, which received a record-breaking number of views thereby beating the number of views of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' second teaser trailer.
Well, it looks like the next Disney classic live-action remake the studio is planning on is the 1989 animated hit, The Little Mermaid.
According to Deadline, the studio's executives are in the "early stages" of discussion on the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, with "initial discussions" with producers already taking place as well.
Disney looks to have picked up quickly on the positive reception over the live-action Beauty and the Beast since the executives reportedly discussed The Little Mermaid remake a day after releasing the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer.
With the heights that today's technology has taken the filmmaking industry, it's not surprising why Disney would want to explore more live-action makeovers of its animated classics.
If Disney does choose to take on this project, I think they will be challenged with some competition from Warner Bros.' Aquaman and Universal's Little Mermaid starring Chloe Moretz in the lead. Disney does have quite an advantage though with the animated film being created by them. In addition, they already have rights to the film's music, which helped Beauty and the Beast a lot, considering it is a musical. There are a lot of musical numbers in the animated Little Mermaid that has stuck to me as a child and even until today. The anticipation of seeing a live-action Under the Sea is enough to make me want to watch a live-action Little Mermaid.
Personally, I'd still like to see Universal's Little Mermaid, mainly because it will be a more faithful take on Hans Christian Andersen's grim story.
Do you want to see Disney make a live-action Little Mermaid or would you rather see a different animated classic remade?
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