The Little Mermaid trailer: This live-action fairy tale is darker and more realistic
A reporter embarks on a journey of his lifetime in search of a Pulitzer prize winning story.
Welcome to the new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and it couldn’t be more different than the Disney classic. Disney might be making a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, but this one comes from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions.
The trailer begins with a Princess Bride-style framing device with an old woman, Shirley MacLaine telling the story of a Mermaid, years after it happens.
"Once long ago in the deep blue below," begins Shirley MacLaine to two youths who claim that mermaids don’t exist. "You wouldn't say that if you’d met one," she responds.
We then travel back to the 1800s, where there's a journalist (William Moseley) who is sent to investigate the possibility of a real life mermaid. He takes his sister, Loreto Peralta, with him. He gets a story of a lifetime (and an award in journalism we're hoping) when he and his sister discover that not only is the mermaid (Downton Abbey's Poppy Draton) real, but she is being held captive by an evil circus ringmaster.
There's also the possibility that Peralta is also a human with a mermaid's heart and the brother-sister duo seem keen to save the mermaid.
Here's the trailer of the film which will be released later this year: