Disney continues to mine its library of classic animated films to find material for new live-action productions, and Deadline.com reports that the next one up may be “The Little Mermaid.”
The project is in the early stages, the story reports.
“Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” the story reports. “Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”
The report adds: “‘The Little Mermaid’ holds special significance for the Mouse House, which previously produced an animated version of the story in 1989. That pic, which followed the adventures of Ariel the singing mermaid, gave viewers classic songs such as ‘Under the Sea’ and helped usher in a new golden age of animation at Disney.”
The news follows the unveiling this week of the first official U.S. teaser for Disney’s live-action rendition of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson. Here’s the clip …