Disney Pursuing 'Chicago' Director to Helm Live Action 'Little Mermaid'

Life is the bubbles for Rob Marshall. He directed one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies in 2011 and then the somewhat divisive feature film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014.

Looks like Disney is closing in on a director for their upcoming live-action Little Mermaid film.

Marshall is fresh off directing a reboot of an even older Disney classic, Mary Poppins Returns.

Should this go through, this would be another film that he and Lin-Manuel Miranda will have worked on together. As previously reported, the big screen adaptation of the animated classic will feature new songs by Tony Award victor Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oscar victor Alan Menken.

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According to the site, Marshall has been offered the job and will make his decision known after the holiday season. That film, which brings back Dick Van Dyke to act alongside Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt, is scheduled to release in December of next year.

While everyone is buzzing about the overwhelming theatrical powerhouse Disney will become if it acquires the film, TV and worldwide assets of Fox, Disney's live action division has been putting together some blockbusters in its own right. If you've ever gotten one of the film's eminently hummable songs stuck in your head - tunes like "Part of Your World" or "Under the Sea" - it's Menken you have to thank.

Marshall is no stranger to directing big-budget musicals, having directed films such as Chicago and Nine, the former of which won the Oscar for Best Picture. Until then, Disney has quite a few other live-action remakes on deck, including Mulan, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Christopher Robin.

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