Mary Poppins director eyed for Little Mermaid remake

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

The forthcoming live musical adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid may have already decided on its director.

According to Deadline, Rob Marshall is the top choice to direct the movie.

Marshall is no stranger to directing musicals, having already steered the Oscar-winning Chicago, Into The Woods and the Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, which hits screens next year.

He has reportedly been offered the movie if he wants it, and will take until after Christmas to decide.

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The Little Mermaid has been scripted by Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman and will have new songs written by Moana's Lin-Manuel Miranda alongside Alan Menken, who has composed tracks for Disney's Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and 1989's The Little Mermaid.

It will be produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Marc Platt and will follow the release of Disney's forthcoming live adaptations of Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King.

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Dumbo is being directed by Tim Burton (above) and will star Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin.

Aladdin will be helmed by Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud.

And The Lion King boasts an A-list all star cast, with Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Oliver.

Beyoncé will also write music for the film alongside Elton John, and it will be released on July 19, 2019.

We literally can't wait.

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