Look at this stuff, isn't it...different? The latest in a series of mermaid films has just gotten its first trailer. The Little Mermaid, starring Poppy Drayton (The Shannara Chronicles) is based off the Hans Christian Anderson 1837 fairy tale with an added splash.
No, this is not the one with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken. While Miranda is very excited about that one, it is a few years off.
Nor is it the Universal project starring Chloe Martinez. Drafts of that script are still being penned.
No, fellow adventurers, this whale of a tale, from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions, will take us on the journey of a young girl, Elle, with the heart of a mermaid (Loreto Peralta) and her reporter brother, Cam (William Mosley). While attending the circus in a small Mississippi town, the siblings will come across a young woman they believe to be a real mermaid––the mermaid of legend.
But not all is as it seems. The ringmaster tricked the poor girl into giving him her soul in exchange for human legs. While it is a far cry from trading in her voice, she cannot leave the circus as long as he holds her soul for ransom.
It is up to the young girl and her brother to retrieve the mermaid's soul from the ringmaster and help her escape.
Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon, Diahann Carroll, William Forsythe, and Armando Gutierrez join the cast alongside Drayton, with Blake Harris screenwriting and co-directing with Chris Bouchard.
MacLaine stars as Eloise, a woman who has "intimate knowledge" of the mermaid's story.
This will be the first film to come from MVP Studios, which was founded by Robert Molloy (grandson of former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner) and producer Armando Gutierrez. Filming is slated to take place in Georgia.
The Little Mermaid will swim into theaters sometime later this year.