Rob Marshall Eyed to Direct 'The Little Mermaid'

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His claim to fame Chicago won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2002, and since then, he's developed a solid (but maybe unspectacular) relationship with Disney over the last decade or so. He also directed Disney's upcoming PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.

Right now, Marshall is hard at work on another Disney film - Mary Poppins Returns - and we can only expect that this means the studio has thus far been happy with the work Marshall gave them.

Deadline reports that Chicago director Rob Marshall is now Disney's top choice to helm the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Marshall has reportedly been offered the director's chair and will decide after the holidays. This updated take on the classic animation will be produced by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, with Miranda writing some new songs for the film.

Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast is still the highest-grossing film of the year, so I can see why the studio would want to try to recapture that success with The Little Mermaid. Deadline reports that he's already been working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda to score The Little Mermaid's live-action version. If he made a decision to take on The Little Mermaid, it would be his fourth film with the studio.

Mary Poppins Returns will be released in theaters on Christmas Day, 2018. The studio is now putting the finishing touches on Will Smith's genie in a reboot of Aladdin, and it's prepping to begin shooting a live-action adaptation of The Lion King - a Jon Favreau-directed project that'll feature Beyonce as Nala.

Are you ready for a live-action Little Mermaid to be part of your world, or are you exhausted of hearing about live-action remakes? The director is no stranger to movie musicals.

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