The Lion King on M6: what is the next Disney film live in the cinema? – Cinema news

While the live version of The Lion King is broadcast tonight on M6, we take stock of the next live action remake of a Disney classic.

The lion king on m6: what is the next disney film live in the cinema? - cinema news

Released in our dark rooms in July 2019, the live action adaptation of The Lion King is broadcast this evening on M6. Jon Favreau’s film takes up the classic by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff released in 1994.

With a budget of $260 million, the remake grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide. What make Disney want to continue the live adaptations of its classics.

After The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin or even Mulan, what is the next Disney film to be entitled to its live action version?

Announced since 2018, The Little Mermaid is the next Disney animation classic to be entitled to its live version.

Released in 1990, the film by John Musker and Ron Clements tells the story of Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton. Despite her father’s ban, the little mermaid cannot resist the temptation to encounter an unknown world, that of humans.

Accompanied by Flounder, she reaches the surface of the ocean and approaches a ship where a big party is being given in honor of Prince Eric, with whom she immediately falls in love. A terrible storm arises and the prince is thrown overboard. Ariel saves him from drowning, drops him off on the mainland and then disappears. But she cannot forget the prince.

This animation classic revived the studio, which after the death of Walt Disney in 1966, went through a difficult period. Although they later became cults, when they were released in theaters, the films Merlin the Wizard, Bernard and Bianca, Rox and Rouky and Taram and the magic cauldron were failures.

The lion king on m6: what is the next disney film live in the cinema? - cinema news
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The little Mermaid

It will be necessary to wait until the end of the 80s for the studio to go up the slope a little with Basil Detective Privé and Oliver and Company. But it is above all the adaptation of the tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen by John Musker and Ron Clements that allows Walt Disney to return to the front of the stage.

The Little Mermaid made an unexpected hit in theaters and paved the way for other triumphant films such as Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King.

It therefore seemed logical that after giving new life to these last two films, the studio tackles The Little Mermaid.

But pandemic requires, the filming of the feature film has been delayed. Announced for a release at the end of 2021 when the project was launched, The Little Mermaid will finally be released in our theaters on May 24, 2023.

What do we know about the film?

The film is directed by Rob Marshall, to whom we owe the musicals Chicago and Nine and the Disney films, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Mary Poppins Returns. Filming wrapped up last July in Sardinia after 5 months spent in the UK at Pinewood studios.

Between the announcement of the project and the actual release of the film, 5 years will therefore have passed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The interpreter of Ariel, Halle Bailey even has fun on social networks: “And There you go ! It’s finish. After auditioning for the film at 18, we finished filming in the midst of a pandemic when I was 21… We finally succeeded…“.

The technical team therefore has a year and a half to work on the post-production of the film and refine the numerous special effects.

The lion king on m6: what is the next disney film live in the cinema? - cinema news
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Halle Bailey

Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel in this live version, is best known as a singer. She forms the R&B duo Chloe x Halle with her sister.

For Rob Marshall, “After intensive research, it seems clear that Halle possesses the rare combination of mind, heart, youth, innocence and consistency – as well as an incredible singing voice – which are the necessary intrinsic qualities. to play this iconic role“.

Controversy around the announcement of the interpreter of Ariel

An announcement that quickly created controversy since Halle Bailey is black, and in the cartoon and the tale, the little red-haired mermaid with blue eyes. Some have cried out that Andersen’s work is a betrayal, others have seen the illustration of a plot “by lobbyists adept at black washing“. A hashtag #NotmyAriel has even been launched on Twitter.

In order to set the record straight, Disney, through its channel Freeformquickly published an open letter to “unfortunate souls in pain”: “Ariel… is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legitimately swim anywhere she wants. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel is also Danish.

The Little Mermaid controversy: “Danish mermaids can be black”

Danish mermaids can be black because Danes can be black. Ariel can sneak to the surface with her Eureka friends and a crab… Spoiler alert: Ariel’s character is a work of fiction.

If, after all that’s been said, you can’t get over the idea that casting the sensational, amazing, talented and gorgeous Halle Bailey is a bad casting choice because she “doesn’t look like to the one in the cartoon, “oh…I have bad news for you.”

The other cast members

Prince Eric is played by Jonah Hauer-King, seen in the 2017 miniseries The Four Girls of Doctor March, alongside Emily Watson and Maya Hawke, and in the family comedy The Incredible Adventure of Bella . Originally, singer Harry Styles was to take on the role of the Prince, but the latter ultimately declined the offer.

After making Johnny Depp tremble in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Javier Bardem takes to the sea again for Disney as he plays King Triton, the heroine’s father.

Melissa McCarthy (My best friends) slips into the skin of the sea witch Ursula. The latter has also taken singing lessons for the needs of the feature film.

Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay and Daveed Digs respectively lend their voices to the emblematic characters of the 1990 classic: Eureka, Flounder and Sebastian. Lin-Manuel Miranda for his part embodies Chef Louis, the Prince’s cook who tries to cook Ariel’s friend crab.

Noma Dumezweni and Simone Ashley, seen recently in season 2 of The Bridgerton Chronicle, also appear in the cast in roles that have yet to be determined.

And may fans of the animated film be reassured, the music composed by Alan Menken, and for which he won the Oscars for Best Music and Best Song with Howard Ashman for under the sea (Under the ocean), will be present in this version.

New titles, composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda(Encanto, The Return of Mary Poppins) will be added to the soundtrack.

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