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‘The Little Mermaid’ Director Explains Why The Live-Action Is Taking So Long

Rob Marshall, live-action director of The Little Mermaid, revealed the reason for the delay for the feature to come out. It’s been nearly six years since the production was announced by Disney, five years since Marshall was hired, and nearly three years since star Halle Bailey was cast in the lead role. However, the film is still waiting to be released, expected to hit theaters in May 2023.

The director, however, had the chance to explain the factors that led to this wait in a recent interview with the Pennsylvania newspaper, Trib Live.

It’s the most complicated movie we’ve ever made,” said Marshall. “MMany of the scenes are filmed in the air, with everything on wires and the actors on apparatus and seesaws so they can swim and move, spin and jump. Everything is choreographed to the millimeter”.

The filmmaker, who has worked on other musicals such as Chicago and The Return of Mary Poppinsalso commented on the grandeur of the film and how it fits into the way people started to consume entertainment during the pandemic.

It’s complicated because I think we’ve all gotten used to watching television and streaming services during the pandemic and it’s gotten really comfortable. I get it,” said Marshall. “[Mas] what you miss, especially with a large-scale movie like The Little Mermaid, is not just being with other people to enjoy the experience, but to see it in that huge way on the big screen, which this movie was created for. . It will also be shown in Imax and in 3D because it’s that kind of movie that has to be in an environment that you just can’t get in a streaming service movie.”.

The feature, which is still in pre-production, will feature the original music by Alan Menken, responsible for the soundtrack to the 1989 animated classic, as well as four new songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Charm).

The Little Mermaid premieres on May 26, 2023.

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