'The Little Mermaid' Live-Action Reboot Won't Be The Same Story We Know From The Cartoon

For good reason!

Disney has been slowly working its way through their beloved classics and creating live-action reboots with the next movie on the list being The Little Mermaid.

But the movie has exactly aged all that well since its release in 1989 – you know, because of the fact Ariel gives up her voice for Prince Eric?

The original story by Hans Christian Andersen is pretty freaky, to be honest, so Disney already changed it when they made their first version.

In Andersen’s original, the mermaid sees the prince on the ship and later rescues him from drowning. They fall in love and she goes to the sea witch who takes her voice in exchange for legs. Then, the prince must kiss her within a few days so she can remain human.

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However, in this version, if she doesn’t receive the kiss, she’ll die as mermaids don’t have souls and the prince’s kiss will give her a small part of his. Oh, and after she is turned into a human, the penalty of receiving legs is that ever step she takes will feel as though she’s walking on glass and her feet will bleed.

So, that’s horrifying.

It’s understandable as to why Disney changed their film 30 years ago, but now the President of Production at Walt Disney Studios, Sean Bailey has revealed how the studio will deal with the original message of the movie.

Speaking with Freakonomics Radio, Bailey said, “Well, I don’t want to say too much about it because they do involve some, sort of, plot changes. It’s something we’ve talked a lot about. And we are definitely working to still sort of deliver the beautiful foundations of that story while being cognizant of the times we find ourselves in.”

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Bailey has been in his role since 2010 and said it had been a priority to cater to women, because during the ’90s the priority was to appease teen to 20-somthing males as it was believed they’d come out in big numbers to opening weekends in theatres.

So, we can expect Ariel, who will be played by Halle Bailey, to change a little bit – or maybe quite a lot – in the reboot.

It would certainly be a breath of fresh air if she was more of a feminist character and maybe if Prince Eric felt more towards her than physical attraction.

Oh, and the whole getting married only a few days after meeting and ditching her family bit could do with an edit too!

Even C-3PO Thinks Disney 'Overfed The Audience' With Star Wars Movies

"I think they did overstep the mark."

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio has tried to release as many Star Wars films as humanly possible since they brought out The Force Awakens in 2015.

They’ve managed to bring out a whole new trilogy in just four years along with two standalone movies – that’s pretty crazy. That’s not to mention things like Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge and The Mandalorian which makes its way to Disney+ next month.

Back in the day when the first six films were being made, fans had to wait three years between movies before finding out what had happened next. We had to be patient.

Now, the only actor to star in every main Star Wars film, Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, has shared his thoughts on the matter.

Speaking with The Times, Daniels said Disney went overboard, “I think they did overstep the mark and got overenthusiastic. People became satiated. Star Wars went full tilt and overfed the audience.”

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Daniels would know about Star Wars fatigue better than most and clearly he believes Disney tried to do too much too quickly.

But it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the fact there were three MCU movies released this year – Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home – three live-action remakes – Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King – and three sequels – Toy Story 4, Frozen II, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Star Wars fatigue was proven when Solo was released in 2018, five months after The Last Jedi. The movie should have performed really well at the box office, and it might have done if it had been released another time. But the movie made $392 million worldwide when most movies in the franchise easily hit the $1 billion mark.

Disney CEO Bog Iger has also admitted to thinking they released too much Star Wars content too fast.

Speaking with the New York Times, he said, “I just think that we might’ve put a little bit too much in the marketplace too fast.

“I think the storytelling capabilities of the company are endless because of the talent we have at the company, and the talent we have at the company is better than it’s ever been, in part because of the influx of people from Fox.”

Iger is pretty sure the space opera will continue indefinitely, especially with all the 20th Century Fox talent they now have access to following that merger.

Following the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, Disney will likely take their time with their next Star Wars releases.

The Voice Behind Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack Skellington Is Keen AF For A Sequel

"I'd crawl on my hands and knees."

It’s been 26 years since the classic Halloween (or Christmas) movie The Nightmare Before Christmas was first released and while we’re not exactly begging for a sequel, Jack Skellington, himself, has other ideas.

Chris Sarandon, who voiced Jack in the film (Danny Elfman provided the singing voice), is 100 per cent keen for a sequel and has revealed he’d do anything to do it.

Speaking with ComicBook.Com, Sarandon said, “I’d crawl on my hands and knees, from the East Coast to the West Coast, in the spring or the fall, to do it again. Of course I would. I love that character and I love that I’m part of a legacy of that character as well.”

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OK, now that’s commitment!

Sarandon, who also starred as Prince Humperdink in The Princess Bride, said what he isn’t so keen on is people thinking they could remake either of the iconic films.

“I don’t understand why anybody would need to remake [The Princess Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas], because they are so specific in their effects,” he said.

“They are so iconic in so many ways and have such a cultural imprint, that I don’t see how it can be anything but a disappointment for folks who are fans of the originals, to remake it.”

“Why remake something that has such a broad appeal? Unless you’re going to do, say, an animated version of Princess Bride, or if you’re going to do a live-action version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I’ve heard rumours they’re thinking of.”

He’s not wrong, earlier this year Moviehole reported Disney was keen to create a sequel or live-action reboot for The Nightmare Before Christmas.

If this was the case, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if Disney went for the live-action reboot as it’s obviously their new favourite thing to do. But if they could get a good script for a stop motion sequel, then original fans may jump on board.

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Tim Burton, who created the characters and story, isn’t so keen on a sequel. Speaking with MTV News in 2006 he said, “I was always very protective of [Nightmare], not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things, just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.

“Because it’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”

He also revealed how he came up with the story and characters, “Well, I was hallucinating. I had a 108-temperature fever that night,” Burton recalled.

“I think that’s where you get your best ideas, the ones that kind of come out of your subconscious. They always have more power that way.”

Disney has the rights to the film, but it’s unlikely they’ll do anything without Burton’s blessing.

Of course, 2006 was a long time ago, Burton’s feelings may have changed, but we hope not.

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