Before you start looking for Prince Eric or Sebastian, be warned: this live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is not the Disney version. This story is more closely aligned with Hans Christian Anderson rendition of the tragic tale between land and sea. Unlike Disney, original fairy tales were far darker and this movie looks like it won’t be an exception to the rule.
From what we can see so far, the plot looks relatively straightforward. We have a skeptical journalist, Cam Harrison, that has to write a story on magic and mermaids. It’s not until he follows the trail of rumors to a small town in Mississippi that he finds exactly what he’s been looking for: a mermaid trapped in a circus tank. But, what’s this? She has legs a couple seconds later? Just like Ariel in Disney’s version, it looks like this mermaid is trapped in a sort of contract. Except this time it’s her soul that’s taken, instead of her voice.
Ariel got a bargain compared to this mermaid.
Not much is known yet about this live-action version. The mermaid Elizabeth will be played by Poppy Drayton and journalist Cam Harrison will be played by William Moseley. In the past, there’s been talk on social media about Lindsay Lohan wanting to play Ariel, but it looks like being a redhead won’t always land you the role. Not to mention this story is in a totally different sea from Ariel’s.
So far this movie looks like it can either flip or flop, especially since it might not involve a happily ever after. Not many people are familiar with older fairy tales and it may put many viewers off. Still, there are high hopes for the film from fantasy fans.
If you haven’t been turned away from all plot differences from everyone’s fave Disney princess movie, The Little Mermaid is expected to release later this year with a tentative date of May 20, 2017.