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'Little Mermaid' Live Musical Postponed by ABC

The live version of the musical The Little Mermaid that was scheduled to air on ABC this October has been postponed by the network.

Reports claimed that the production would include parts of the movie and also live performances of the songs, similar to last year’s Hollywood Bowl production starring Sara Bareilles as Ariel.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special. We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement to THR.

The outlet reports that the live show has been postponed due to financial issues.

If you’re looking forward to a live musical on television, NBC is airing Jesus Christ Superstar next Easter and Fox will be doing Rent next year as well.

Lindsay Lohan Wants to Play Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid' Reboot

Lindsay Lohan is throwing her name into the ring for a role in the upcoming Little Mermaid reboot film.

The 30-year-old actress posted a side-by-side photo of herself with Ariel on Instagram.

“I will sing again, as #ariel #thelittlemermaid @disney approve that #billcondon directs it along with my sister @alianamusic singing the theme song for the soundtrack,” Lindsay wrote (via E! News).

The caption was deleted, but she also reportedly wrote, “Also @kgrahamsfb plays Ursula. Simply because, she is the best. Take one. @Disneystudios”

While the film is still in the very early stages, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to produce and write music alongside Alan Menken.

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The Original 'Little Mermaid' Story Is Different Than Disney

It was just announced that Chloe Moretz will be starring in the new adaptation of The Little Mermaid and there have been mixed reviews about the actress joining the cast.

Earlier this year, director Sofia Coppola left the project and some speculated it was because she wanted a lesser known actress to take the leading role. But since this is not a live-action version of the Disney film, we think Chloe is the perfect fit for the role!

The story, originally penned by Hans Christian Andersen, is much darker than what the animated Disney film portrays and will really let Chloe show off her acting chops.

With intense scenes where Ariel gets her tongue cut out and a much less happy ending, we think Chloe will bring this lesser-known version of the story to life.

Check out this video showing the differences between the original story and Disney’s The Little Mermaid below…


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Chloe Moretz to Play the 'Little Mermaid' in Live-Action Film!

Chloe Moretz just landed an exciting new role – she will play the title character in Universal’s upcoming live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid!

“Here it is!! I’ve been waiting months to tell everyone how excited I am to take on this beautiful journey with Working Title, Universal, and a beautiful script by Richard Curtis.. #TheLittleMermaid!!!! Here we go!!!” the 18-year-old actress wrote on Instagram.

The film will follow the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale about “a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince,” according to THR. It’s important to note that this is not a live-action version of the Disney film.

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Sofia Coppola Is No Longer 'Little Mermaid' Director

Sofia Coppola has just exited the upcoming live adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

The 44-year-old director reportedly left the Universal and the Working Title project over “creative differences.”

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Though Sofia is no longer on the project, producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are move on with the project and will now look for a replacement.

The Little Mermaid centers on a “mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince.”

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