You guuuuuuuuuys, this is SO EXCITING. As you're probably aware, Disney is on a bit of a live-action kick at the moment. Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo, and Mulan are just a handful of the movies that have already been released or are coming soon. For Disney fans, the remakes of some of our favorite animated movies has been awesome, and while some people don't care for the live-action versions, we've loved everything we've seen so far. But, there's one movie that has been teased that has us REALLY excited, and we think you'll agree, especially after this little bit of news.
The Little Mermaid has been one of our favorite movies ever since we first saw it in 1989. And if there's a Disney movie that is screaming for a live-action update, it's that one! Thankfully the powers that be agree and a remake is already in the works. We don't know much about who will be playing Ariel and some of the other characters, but according to Variety, we may have our sea witch! Rumor has it that funny lady Melissa McCarthy is in talks to take on the role of Ursula in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
Sources tell the industry mag that while the deal is not yet finalized, Melissa McCarthy is indeed in the running to play everyone's favorite sea witch. So really, is doesn't even matter who else is cast, because this would be PERFECTION. Rob Marshall is helming the the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, with music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manual Miranda (they're using a lot of the music from the original, and adding some new songs!). Miranda is also signed on as a producer, along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
Alan Menken actually wrote the music from the original film, including the songs "Kiss the Girl", "Part of Your World", and "Under the Sea". As Ursula, McCarthy would have a chance to sing her signature song, "Poor Unfortunate Souls", which thankfully is staying in the movie. This will also be a bit of a departure for McCarthy in terms of the types of movies she's been doing lately. She's most known for her hilarious work in adult comedies like Bridesmaids, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for her dramatic turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me? We don't even have an Ariel yet, and we are already so freaking excited about this movie!