The first trailer for the live-action version of The Little Mermaid came out today. The film is based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Most people are familiar with the 1989 Disney animated film based on the same fairy tale. However, this live-action version has no ties to Disney. The storyline of this version follows a young girl and her brother who is a reporter investigating a woman in a small town who is believed to be a real mermaid. They end up on a mission to save the woman from her captors. This storyline has many differences than the Disney animated film that most people know. It stars Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey) and William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Shirley MacLaine, Loreto Peralta, and Gina Gershon. It is directed by Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard.
Disney actually has their own live-action version in development right now. Unless Disney names their version something different, I feel like there is going to be a lot of confusion between the two films. A lot of people also may believe that this non-Disney version is actually Disney. The films will also be unavoidably compared after they are both released. This could be bad for the non-Disney version because Disney has some hardcore dedicated fans.
I think that the creators of this The Little Mermaid decided to take the name The Little Mermaid to possibly to take some publicity from Disney. They will ultimately get people to come see the movie based on the fact that a lot of people know the fairytale from Disney’s animated film. However, a negative effect of keeping the name “The Little Mermaid,” instead of naming it something else, is that a lot of people who don’t know the original fairytale will compare the storyline to the Disney version. For this reason, I personally do not think that it was a good idea for the creators of this The Little Mermaid to keep the name. A lot of people are going to be disappointed that this is not the story of Ariel, the little mermaid that a lot people grew up knowing. Scrolling through the trending topic on Facebook, a lot of people are expressing their disappointment that this is not like the version that they know and love.
Comments on the official YouTube Trailer have been disabled, which is interesting. This may be because the filmmakers do not want people negatively comparing their movie.
The Little Mermaid is set to be released later this year, while the new Disney version has no set release date at the moment.