Right now, Disney fans are gearing up for one of the biggest theatrical releases of the year. The brand-new live-action The Little Mermaid is releasing in theatres 0n May 26, 2023, and fans are more than ready. This film has been in the works for years, and the buzz around it has made it a colossal pop-culture moment.
As the release date creeps closer, fans are getting more curious to see what Disney has in store for us with this new live-action film. When remaking a movie as iconic as The Little Mermaid, fans question what parts will be changed in the new version. Now we know that the new movie will feature an entire extra hour of content in the film!
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“The Little Mermaid” Remake Changes a Beloved Film
The 1989 version of The Little Mermaid is considered a perfect film by many Disney fans. The original version is one hour and 27 minutes long, and those 87 minutes are jam-packed with musical numbers and gorgeous animations. With the new Walt Disney Studios film, everything is going to be bigger and more fleshed out compared to the original.
The Little Mermaid remake features a star-studded cast under the direction of Rob Marshall. Actors like Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hauer-King, Simone Ashley, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, Javier Bardem, and Lin Manuel Miranda are going to star in the film.
It was announced recently that many of the songs from the original film would be undergoing some significant rewrites. The new version of the film is going to incorporate a more feminist angle on Ariel’s story. Actress Halle Bailey explained that this movie is about much more than a girl chasing a boy. She says:
“It’s way bigger than that. It’s about herself, her purpose, her freedom, her life and what she wants… As women we are amazing, we are independent, we are modern, we are everything and above. And I’m glad that Disney is updating some of those themes.”
These new changes will make the remake quite a lot longer than the original. According to AMC Theatres, this run time for the live-action version will be two hours and 15 minutes. This makes it nearly an hour longer than the other.
Fans will be able to see all 135 minutes of the new live-action The Little Mermaid when it premieres in theaters on May 26.