Alan Menken working on new music for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted

Alan Menken is working on the scores for The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.Despite Disney bosses temporarily halting production on Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action adaption of the 19…

Alan Menken is working on the scores for The Little Mermaid and Disenchanted while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite Disney bosses temporarily halting production on Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action adaption of the 1989 animated classic due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oscar-winning composer and songwriter is putting his time spent indoors to good use.

“This has been a great time for writing. Production stopped on The Little Mermaid movie,” he shared during a special live stream of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. “We recorded all the songs, and I wrote four new songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the lyricist for Mermaid.”

The new Little Mermaid stars Halle Bailey as the mermaid princess, with Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Jonah Hauer-King taking on supporting roles.

In addition, Menken revealed that he is making progress on another big Disney feature.

“And I’m working on Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted,” the 70-year-old divulged.

Though there is yet to be an official announcement about Disenchanted, Disney producers have been teasing an update regarding the follow-up to the 2007 hit featuring Amy Adams and James Marsden in recent months.

Elsewhere in the chat, Menken admitted he has “a whole bushel of new projects” on the go, including a new stage adaptation of 1997 hit movie Hercules.

“And I have another Broadway show. Oh, and Hercules is coming to the stage, of course. We did that in Central Park last summer,” he added.

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James Marsden wants to film Disenchanted ‘pretty soon’

James Marsden is hopeful filming on Disenchanted will start in the near future. In the 2007 Disney fantasy musical Enchanted, the actor played Prince Edward, who travels from an animated fairy tale land to the real world to track down his bride-to-be …

James Marsden is hopeful filming on Disenchanted will start in the near future.

In the 2007 Disney fantasy musical Enchanted, the actor played Prince Edward, who travels from an animated fairy tale land to the real world to track down his bride-to-be Giselle, who ends up in New York after being pushed down a well in her animated realm.

After rumours of a sequel had been swirling for years, Hairspray’s Adam Shankman officially boarded the project as director in 2016, with filming originally set to begin in summer 2017, but it never made it to production and has been in development ever since. However, Shankman seemed to confirm it was finally getting off the ground by sharing a close-up of the title – Disenchanted (Enchanted Two) – on the front page of a script on social media this week.

When asked about Disenchanted on Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, Marsden said he hoped it would go into production soon, while he was able to do the stunts.

“I hope we get to do it,” the 46-year-old said, before adding with a laugh. “Pretty soon I’m not going to be agile and young enough to be jumping around on top of buses (and) swinging swords.”

His co-star Amy Adams is also set to reprise her role as Giselle, but it is not known if original castmembers such as Patrick Dempsey and Idina Menzel will return.

Shankman revealed Disenchanted was getting underway as he confirmed he was directing Hocus Pocus 2 for Disney+ earlier this week.

“Yep….Thanks with all of my heart dear @disney,” he wrote in the caption. “Looks like Il be working on a looooooottttt of magic for awhile (sic)… I feel incredibly honoured and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honour those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates!”

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Adam Shankman to direct Hocus Pocus 2

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.Shankman is current…

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.

The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

Shankman is currently in pre-production on Disenchanted, a sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit Enchanted, with Amy Adams set to reprise her role as Giselle.

The director confirmed Variety’s report by sharing close-ups of the front pages of two scripts, which had the titles “Disenchanted (Enchanted Two)” and “Hocus Pocus 2”, on Instagram.

“Yep….Thanks with all of my heart dear @disney,” he wrote in the caption. “Looks like Il be working on a looooooottttt of magic for awhile (sic)… I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honor those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates! Fingers crossed!”

His celebrity friends celebrated the news in the comments, with Jenna Dewan, who he worked with on Step Up, writing, “Adam…..!! This is amazing!”, Vanessa Hudgens posting, “I’m dead. Hocus pocus is my favorite movie,” and his Hairspray star Brittany Snow adding, “Oh. My. God.”

Singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy both asked to be cast in Hocus Pocus 2, which has been written by Jen D’Angelo.

Midler, Parker and Najimy are not attached to star in the sequel, but sources have told Variety that Disney officials are hopeful they will reprise their roles as witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson in some capacity.

When Hocus Pocus, which was directed by Kenny Ortega, was first released, the comedy horror was not a huge box office success, raking in just $39 million (£30 million), but it has since gained a cult following, with it frequently airing on TV, particularly during the Halloween period.

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