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The Little Mermaid

Character: Indira
Budget: Approx $150 million
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca
Produced by: John DeLuca
Other cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Noma Dumezweni, Kajsa Mohammar, Lorena Andrea, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jessica Alexander, Martina Laird, Art Malik, John Dagleish, Emily Coates, Russell Balogh, Sienna King, Karolina Conchet, David Stokes, Craig Stein, Adrian Christopher, Malachi Ferdinand
Release date: May 26, 2023
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country of Origin: United States
Running time: 135 minutes

Ariel, the youngest daughter of the kingdom Atlantica's ruler King Triton, is fascinated with the human world but mermaids are forbidden to explore it. After saving Prince Eric from a shipwreck and falling in love with him, she becomes determined to be with him in the world above water. These actions lead to a confrontation with her father and an encounter with the conniving sea witch Ursula, making a deal with her to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress Eric. However, this ultimately places her life (and her father’s crown) in jeopardy.


Filming Locations: Sardinia, Italy | Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Filming dates: 30 January 2021 – 11 July 2021

In May 2016, Walt Disney Pictures began developing a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”. Three months later, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Marc Platt signed on to produce the film, which was confirmed to be a remake of the Disney’s 1989 animated film of the same name. On December 6, 2017, it was reported that Rob Marshall was being courted by the Walt Disney Company to direct the film, while Jane Goldman will serve as screenwriter. On December 5, 2018, Marshall revealed that he, along with John DeLuca and Marc Platt were hired to begin developing the project for film adaptation, and said that “John and [Marshall] have begun our work trying to explore it and figure it out”, as he felt that “it’s a very complicated movie to take from animation to live-action. Live-action’s a whole other world so you have to be very careful about how that’s done, but so we’re starting the exploration phase”. Later in December, Marshall was officially hired as director for the film. During an interview on December 21, 2018, Marshall revealed that the film is in very early stages of development, stating that the studio is trying to explore ways to translate the original film’s story into live-action. On July 3, 2019, David Magee, who previously wrote the screenplay for Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, was revealed to have written the script with Goldman. Magee would receive sole credit for the screenplay. On February 10, 2020, Miranda revealed that rehearsals for the film had already begun

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in London between late March and early April 2020; however, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Set photos at Pinewood Studios in London, England leaked a few weeks after the production was shut down, it showed aerial images featuring Prince Eric’s ship as well as indoor images of what seemed to be his castle. On July 29, 2020, based on a social media post, Jacob Tremblay began recording his lines for the film. Filming was scheduled to re-commence on August 10, 2020. By November 2020, Disney’s new CEO Bob Chapek announced that filming on all films that had been postponed during pandemic shutdowns had resumed filming, and in some cases completed principal photography.

Principal photography officially began at Pinewood Studios in Iver, England on January 30, 2021. Filming for McCarthy’s scenes eventually began in April 2021. On April 6, it was announced that additional filming would be happening in summer in Sardinia, Italy, for a total of “roughly three months.” In June 2021, production was temporarily halted due to multiple crew members of the film contracting COVID-19. Filming resumed about a week later and officially wrapped on July 11, 2021. On December 30, 2021, Bailey shared some new behind-the-scenes photos of the set, including a glimpse of her portrayal of Ariel. The actress took to Instagram to wrap up her year and shared photos of moments of shooting the film. The first photo showed the film’s script, which was blurred to avoid spoilers, but still showed her character name “Ariel” in bold print. One photo showed her swimming in Sardinia’s waters, while another showed the process of film-making using CGI.


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