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Live action ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer makes a splash

Also based on the Hans Christian Andersen story

Disney fans, don’t get too excited just yet, this isn’t a Disney live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” that you remember with dinglehoppers. A new trailer for “Little Mermaid” was released today, a film based on the Hans Christian Andersen version of the story, from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions.

The film stars William Moseley (“Chronicles of Narnia”) and Loreto Peralta (“Instructions Not Included”), and follows two siblings as they attend a local circus in Mississippi. The circus has caused quite a stir, claiming to have a real-life Little Mermaid as a star attraction. Joining Moseley and Peralta in the film are Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton (“Downton Abbey”) and Gina Gershon. Curious moviegoers can watch the trailer below, or on the film’s official YouTube channel.

“Little Mermaid” was directed by Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard, working off a screenplay that Harris wrote. Robert Molloy and Armando Gutierrez produced the film, and Jessica Steinbrenner served as the executive producer. The film is expected to hit theaters this summer.

Of course with all the live-action remakes that Disney has been putting out recently, a few moviegoers might think that this is Disney film. That misconception certainly wouldn’t hurt the film’s box-office debut, but “Little Mermaid” is not tied to the 1989 Disney animated-classic. The original animated film was written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and featured the voice-talents of Jodi Benson, Rene Auberjonois and Christopher Daniel Barnes. Ron Clements and John Musker also wrote the adaptation for Disney.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action adaptation is set to debut next weekend, which again is probably why Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions decided to release the trailer so suddenly (the film still doesn’t have a firm release date). To say “Little Mermaid” is piggybacking of Disney’s success might be an objective opinion, but there are a lot of coincidences with the timing of “Little Mermaid” releases and trailers.