Melissa McCarthy in talks for Ursula in live-action The Little Mermaid remake

Melissa McCarthy Ursula The Little Mermaid remake

Walt Disney Studios has been milking its classic animated films by turning them into live-action remakes. So far we’ve had movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Maleficent. Oh, and who can forget about Pete’s Dragon? There’s more where that came from with the upcoming The Lion King and Mulan films. Now we can add The Little Mermaid to the list with reports of Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula in the live-action remake.

According to Variety’s sources, Melissa McCarthy is currently in early talks to play the villain in The Little Mermaid remake. The deal isn’t done yet, so anything can happen. Soon moviegoers can see her next in the upcoming crime drama, The Kitchen, which follows three wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen.

Rob Marshall is attached as the director, and he has worked on previous live-action Disney films like Mary Poppins Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. It’s reported that the film will feature original songs from the 1989 film and new songs from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns, Moana). David Magee as attached as the screenwriter.

The animated film followed Ariel, a mermaid princess who wanted to become a human. She meets a human prince, but her underwater homeworld calls back to her, causing her much grief. Ursula helped turn Ariel into a human but at the cost of losing her voice. Of course, the villain had her own ulterior motive for helping out the mermaid.

Disney will continue to pump these live-action remakes out as long as they’re making money. Aladdin has already made $820 million worldwide, and Beauty and the Beast made over $1 billion. Dumbo didn’t make huge numbers since its gross is currently $351 million, but The Lion King will sure to eat that all up. The film featuring lions in the desert was the highest-grossing 2D-animated film of all time at the worldwide box office with $968 million.

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