It looks like Disney is gearing up to begin production on their live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and it appears the film is going to shoot within the next year.
Over at HN Entertainment, I have reported that production on the film is slated to begin next April, with the studio looking to wrap sometime in August. However, voice work on the film could begin as early as January 2020. As of now, the studio is currently looking at locations to film the project including the Cayman Islands, South Africa, as well as Maro, La Cala, Torre del Mar, Almayate, Chilches, Benajarafe, and Torrox.
Another interesting tidbit on the project we were able over to dig up at HNE is that Scuttle will not be a seagull as he appeared in the animated classic, instead Scuttle will be a diving bird so he can be in the underwater scenes.
There has been speculation that the role of Ariel in the remake was offered to Zendaya. We here at The DisInsider attempted reaching out to her reps but, unfortunately, heard nothing back. When asked about the rumor during the Smallfoot press tour the actress simply stated: “we will see.” Lin-Manuel Mirada, who is set to team up with Alan Menken on the music for the film took to social media tease the project by simply putting a mermaid emoji, coincidently the mermaids skin color used was of color.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 10, 2019
Another rumor we heard but was never confirmed was that music superstar Lady Gaga is high on Disney’s wish list for a role in the film. Most likely the role of Ursula. While we were not able to confirm, we decided to share it as a rumor and nothing more.
As of right now, there is no release date for the film. We expect to hear more news on this project at Disney’s bi-annual D23 Expo this August.
Source: HN Entertainment