(SPOT.ph) Our favorite childhood stories will always have a special place in our hearts, but revamping them can tell the tale in ways we never imagined. With technology and resources only getting better as the years progress, what was impossible then can totally happen now to add pizzazz to the classic once-upon-a-time. Disney is planning a live-action movie for The Little Mermaid, 30 years after the original animated film, and they're in talks with Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame and Jacob Tremblay of Room and Wonder to star in the film.
Tremblay is in talks to play Flounder, Ariel's encouraging fish friend, and Awkwafina will play the seagull Scuttle, also a constant companion to the underwater princess.
Rob Marshall, who has also directed Memoirs of a Geisha and Disney's Into the Woods, is set to direct the film. Other artists in talks to star in the live-action remake is Melissa McCarthy for the role of deep-sea witch Ursula. Singer Lizzo has also joked of bidding for the role.
Songs were an integral part of the original animated film and the live-action remake will be bringing back the classics along with new additions. Original composer Alan Menken is collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the film's new material. Miranda is also onboard to co-produce alongside John DeLuca and Marc Platt, who produced Mary Poppins Returns and executive produced the recently released Aladdin live-action remake.