Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid remake may be adding brand new songs

Ariel might have plenty of thingamabobs, but she doesn’t have many of her own songs in Disney classic The Little Mermaid. That’s all about to change, though.

Learning from the live-action Mulan‘s musical mistakes, the director of Disney’s upcoming Little Mermaid reboot has confirmed that “more” songs will be added, rather than any being taken away.

Chatting to ComicBook.com, Rob Marshall – who gave us the wonderful Mary Poppins Returns – has hinted that live-action Ariel will have “more material” than her animated counterpart.

“We’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid – Ariel has one song in the animated film – and so we’re looking for maybe more material,” he explained.

Fortunately, award-winning composer and Disney alum Alan Menken and Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda are on board to help write the music, so rest assured there’ll be more instant ‘Under the Sea’-type classics ahoy.

Calling Menken and Miranda’s involvement “exciting”, Marshall added: “[We will] sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it.”

Aside from its impressive behind-the-scenes team, little is known about Disney’s latest live-action project – including who will take on that all-important role of Ariel.

One person who wouldn’t mind taking it on is Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Zendaya, who when asked if she would make those “rumours” a reality, replied: “I mean, yeah, why wouldn’t I?”

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