Disney has discovered a goldmine in creating live-action remakes of its older animated films. As CGI continues to develop and improve, things that were once only the province of cartoons can now be created with and centered around real-life actors. But even so, recreating a live-action The Little Mermaid, in which most of the action takes place underwater, is a daunting prospect. It's a good thing Disney has set an A-list cast for its The Little Mermaid live-action remake to help propel this very ambitious project along.
Up until now, these live-action films have mostly concerned themselves with cartoons filled with people or animals hanging out on land. Some of the characters have been individual challenges, with inanimate objects turning animate, like Cogsworth and Lumiere Beauty and the Beast. But most have been able to be created with a combination of prosthetics and computer work, like Angelina Jolie's titular character in Maleficent.
But water is a whole other kettle of fish. Pixar worked for years on Finding Nemo to get computer-animated visuals of being under the sea to look realistic. To create this believable-looking underwater world with live actors working in it is one of the most exciting challenges the live-action remakes have taken on thus far. Fans cannot wait to see what Disney creates. Until then, here's what's known about the project: