Little Mermaid live action film

Deadline is reporting that Rob Marshall, who is busy, hard at work finishing up on Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, has been offered the directing reigns on another big project over at the Mouse House.

The film in question is the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, an adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated musical. Marshall is said to be the studio’s top choice for the high-profile gig, and of course the filmmaker is no stranger to the movie musical after directing the likes of Chicago and Nine. He’s also helmed Memoirs of a Geisha as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Into the Woods, both over at Disney, so their offering of the big job is an obvious one as Marshall certainly has the chops.

Disney has already lined up Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to create a blend of old and new songs for the new adaption of the beloved fairy tale.

Mary Poppins Returns isn’t due out for well over a year, and we’re guessing that there’s a hefty post-production schedule already underway that will last until the fall of 2018. We’ll keep you posted of any movement.