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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Movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies in the works

Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Follies is to be made into a movie.An adaptation of Follies, which premiered on Broadway in 1971, has been in development before, with director Rob Marshall and actress Meryl Streep reportedly attached to the project…

Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Follies is to be made into a movie.

An adaptation of Follies, which premiered on Broadway in 1971, has been in development before, with director Rob Marshall and actress Meryl Streep reportedly attached to the project as recently as 2015, but none of the earlier attempts got off the ground.

On Thursday, it was announced that David Heyman and his company Heyday Films, along with executives at BBC Films, had secured the film rights to Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical.

The movie will be adapted for the screen and directed by Dominic Cooke, who helmed the 2017 revival of Follies at London’s National Theatre, which won best musical revival at the Olivier Awards.

“Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring Follies to the screen, but not until Dominic Cooke’s brilliant production at the National Theatre of Great Britain did it seem like it could be a real movie. I’m more than delighted, I’m thrilled, that it’s finally going to happen,” the composer and lyricist said in a statement.

“Every note, every word of every song from Losing My Mind through Broadway Baby to I’m Still Here charts exactly where the character is emotionally and psychologically,” Cooke added. “Such material is a gift for any director. James Goldman’s skilful book nods as much to the golden age of movie musicals as to Broadway, so it feels like natural material to turn into a movie.”

Follies takes place over one night in New York in 1971 when performers from Dimitri Weismann’s Follies show past and present gather for a farewell party before the Weismann theatre is demolished the following day.

A number of Sondheim’s musicals have been adapted for the big screen, including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd.

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Jonah Hauer-King to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid revamp

Jonah Hauer-King has landed the coveted role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.The British-American actor has reportedly been in the running for the part in director Rob Marshall’s movie ever since front-runner Harry Styles…

Jonah Hauer-King has landed the coveted role of Prince Eric in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

The British-American actor has reportedly been in the running for the part in director Rob Marshall’s movie ever since front-runner Harry Styles declined, according to reporters at Deadline.

And on Tuesday, it was confirmed Hauer-King beat competition from Florence Foster Jenkins star Cameron Cuffe, after having two screen tests, with the most recent one taking place in London on 9 November with Marshall.

The 24-year-old will play the love interest of mermaid princess Ariel, to be portrayed by Halle Bailey, with Melissa McCarthy attached to take on the part of villain Ursula, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian.

Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem is reportedly still mulling over the role of Ariel’s father, King Triton.

Marshall will direct and produce alongside Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also creating new music for the film with Alan Menken, who composed the music for the original 1989 Disney animated movie.

Hauer-King is a relative newcomer to Hollywood as he started out in theatre and was named as a rising star by editors at British newspaper the London Evening Standard in 2016.

He’s since gone on to appear in the BBC adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in 2017 and starred as Harry Chase in the British wartime drama series World on Fire.

He also had a role in A Dog’s Way Home, which featured Bryce Dallas Howard and Ashley Judd.

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Harry Styles turned down Prince Eric role to focus on new music

Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in the live-action The Little Mermaid so he could focus on making new music.It was announced earlier this month that the singer, 25, had turn down the opportunity to star opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid…

Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in the live-action The Little Mermaid so he could focus on making new music.

It was announced earlier this month that the singer, 25, had turn down the opportunity to star opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel’s human love interest Eric in Rob Marshall’s remake of the 1989 animated classic.

And in a new interview with The Face magazine, he revealed that a possible role for him “was discussed” but never confirmed, leaving him free to pursue his solo music career instead.

“I want to put music out and focus on that for a while,” Harry explained. “But everyone involved in it was amazing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watching it, I’m sure.”

Confirming that he had declined to star as Prince Eric, his representative recently released a statement which read: “While he was a fan of the project, he has respectfully declined the offer.”

At the time, fans of the former One Direction singer had speculated he had turned down the role to concentrate on making his second album, or to even reunite with his bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Dunkirk star also opened up about losing out to Austin Butler for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie, and insisted he wasn’t bitter about not getting the part.

“I feel like if I’m not the right person for the thing, then it’s best for both of us that I don’t do it, you know?” he shared. “(Elvis) was such an icon for me growing up. There was something almost sacred about him, almost like I didn’t want to touch him.”

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Christian Navarro auditioning for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake

Actor Christian Navarro has added his name to the list of hopefuls dreaming of landing the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.Previously, Harry Styles was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’…

Actor Christian Navarro has added his name to the list of hopefuls dreaming of landing the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

Previously, Harry Styles was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action reboot of the 1989 animated Disney classic, however, a representative for the One Direction singer later confirmed he had passed on the role.

But now it appears 13 Reasons Why star Navarro is keen for the opportunity to dive into the project and has made a direct appeal to star in the movie.

The 28-year-old recently retweeted a post about Styles’s exit, adding: “Well… I can sing. Black Ariel/Latino Prince… no ones called but Season 3 (of 13 Reasons Why) drops next week and (I) think it’s one hell of an audition (sic).”

And it seems Disney bosses were impressed with Navarro’s direct approach to land an audition and got the ball rolling.

“@disney saw this, saw your support, and gave my team a call,” he tweeted. “They wanted to see what I could do. Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history… Let me know! @DisneyStudios.”

Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play the villainous Ursula, with Javier Bardem in the running for King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay have been attached to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively.

Meanwhile, Shazam! star Asher Angel has also revealed he is auditioning for the role of Prince Eric, telling reporters at Entertainment Tonight, “I went in for it. It means so much to me. I started off doing musical theatre.”

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Harry Styles passes on role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming li…

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.

In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action reboot of the 1989 animated Disney classic.  

On Tuesday, the speculation stepped up a notch when employees at both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas in the U.S. posted on Twitter that Harry had been cast as Eric, however, a representative for the star later confirmed that the messages were inaccurate and told Rolling Stone, “Although he is a fan of the project he has respectfully passed.” 

The incorrect posts have since been deleted from both cinema chains’ Twitter pages.  

According to editors at The Wrap, Marshall is set to announce further casting details in coming weeks, with production due to begin in early 2020. A potential release date has not been announced.  

So far, Melissa McCarthy has been linked to the role of the evil sea witch Ursula, while Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room’s Jacob Tremblay are set to feature as seagull Scuttle and Ariel’s fish best friend Flounder, respectively. Javier Bardem is rumoured to be taking on the role of King Triton.   

Jane Goldman and David Magee are working on the script, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken, on the score. It is believed the film will contain updated versions of songs such as Part of Your World and Under the Sea.  

Since One Direction went on hiatus in 2016, Harry, 25, has pursued a career in Hollywood, having landed a major role in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk in 2017.  

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Halle Bailey: ‘Playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid is a dream come true’

Halle Bailey couldn’t be more excited about playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.The 19-year-old hit headlines in July when it was announced she would be the leading lady in the reboot of the 1989 animated musical, as soci…

Halle Bailey couldn’t be more excited about playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

The 19-year-old hit headlines in July when it was announced she would be the leading lady in the reboot of the 1989 animated musical, as social media users were divided about her casting, with some praising the news and others expressing outrage over an African-American playing the traditionally Caucasian character.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, the singer gushed that she’s “honoured” to have landed the part.

“It means so much to me… I feel very honoured and really grateful for the opportunity,” she shared. “Ariel was one of my favourite princesses growing up so it’s a dream come true. I’m very excited and happy.”

The teenager added she’s looking forward to singing Ariel’s power ballad Part of Your World, and also promised that the project is going to be “amazing and beautiful”.

It has been rumoured that One Direction’s Harry Styles will play Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric, but Halle remained coy when asked about the actors in the running for the part.

“Oh, I don’t mind. I think that anyone would be great for it,” the R&B star commented.

Elsewhere, Halle’s 21-year-old sister Chloe, with whom she forms musical duo Chloe x Halle, said she was “so proud” of her sibling and “can’t wait” to see her performance.

In Rob Marshall’s reboot, Halle will be joined by Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room actor Jacob Tremblay, who are set to portray seagull Scuttle and fish Flounder, respectively, while Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy are rumoured to be playing King Triton and sea witch Ursula.

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Melissa McCarthy pokes fun at rumours she’ll play Ursula in The Little Mermaid

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and…

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, she hilariously teased fans over the speculation.

“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” host Kimmel began, before McCarthy interrupted and jokingly asked: “What’s that?”

She then quipped, “I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding… We’ll see. If it did happen, it would be very wonderful.”

McCarthy then went on to explain that the role of Ursula would be perfect for her, as she watched the 1989 Disney animated classic “every single night for about a year-and-a-half” when she worked as a babysitter in her youth.

“I know it to my core and I weirdly still love it,” the 48-year-old said, before adding that her daughters Vivian, 12, and Georgette, nine, would probably advise her not to embarrass them with her portrayal of the iconic Disney villain.

Rob Marshall is set to direct the live-action remake, with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda working on the score with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken.

Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play mermaid Ariel, Harry Styles is reportedly in early negotiations to star as Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem is in talks to take on the role of King Triton.

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Javier Bardem in talks to join live-action The Little Mermaid – report

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with …

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.

The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with the report also confirmed by Deadline.

If cast, Bardem will join R&B singer Halle Bailey, who has been announced as Ariel, while Harry Styles has become an early favourite to land the role of love interest Prince Eric.

Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina have also been linked to parts in the film, a remake of the 1989 animated classic, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall.

Earlier this month, Terry Crews put himself forward for the role of King Triton, sharing a digitally altered picture of himself as the underwater ruler on Twitter.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor captioned the image.

He’s not the only star fighting for a role in the film – singer Lizzo is also keen to take on the part of sea witch Ursula in the movie, and recently posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus online and appeared to audition for the part.

Bardem has previously worked with Disney on 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which he played the main antagonist Armando Salazar. The 50-year-old most recently starred in Everybody Knows opposite his wife Penelope Cruz, is currently filming Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, and is in the post-production phases of Sally Potter’s drama Molly, which follows a turbulent 24 hours in the life of a father and daughter.

The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is expected to begin filming shortly. A potential release date has not been announced.

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Terry Crews wants to play King Triton in The Little Mermaid reboot

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp. The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ar…

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp.

The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ariel, news which led to much debate on social media, with some people praising her casting and others expressing outrage that an African-American would be portraying the mermaid, who was white in the 1989 animated version.

Crews has now put himself forward to play King Triton, Ariel’s father, by sharing an edited picture in which his top half has been Photoshopped onto a still of the underwater ruler.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star captioned the picture, and followed it by joking, “Good thing I skip leg day because mermen don’t have legs!”

The 50-year-old isn’t the only star who has thrown his hat into the ring – singer Lizzo is so committed to playing sea witch Ursula in the movie she posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus. However, editors at Variety recently reported that Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is already in talks for the villainous role.

Besides Bailey, Ocean’s 8 star Awkwafina is set to portray Scuttle, a seagull character, while Room actor Jacob Tremblay is rumoured to be portraying Ariel’s fish friend Flounder.

The Little Mermaid reboot is being directed by Rob Marshall, who is known for musicals such as Chicago and Into the Woods. His Mary Poppins Returns writer David Magee is working on the screenplay, which is based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, with Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Jane Goldman.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing and working on the music with Disney veteran Alan Menken.

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