Director Rob Marshall Says Live Action 'The Little Mermaid' Is the Most Challenging Film He's Done

Director Rob Marshall Says Live Action 'The Little Mermaid' Is the Most Challenging Film He's Done

Rob Marshall is dishing on his upcoming live action Disney movie!

The Oscar-nominated director’s next project is The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey in the titular role of Ariel.

In a new interview, he shared an update on the movie, saying, “I’m very excited to be finishing up after four-and-a-half years. It’s a long time.”

He also added that this is the most challenging film he’s done.

Check out what he said inside…

“I’m very proud of the film. It’s the most challenging film I’ve ever done, for sure. No question,” he told The Wrap. “Using complicated, cutting-edge techniques to make this work. I don’t think anybody’s ever done an underwater musical before. I have to say every single moment of the film had to be choreographed in advance so that we could have a flow to the whole piece. It’s crazy the apparatuses we worked with from wires to things called tuning forks to teeter-totters. Thank God we had the rehearsal time. You always need it on a musical anyway.”

His past work as a director includes fellow Disney movies Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, as well as musicals Nine and Chicago.

For “Under the Sea,” he noted that “there’s one live-action person in that piece.”

“But I did a lot of work in advance with John DeLuca and myself creating these musical sequences, to prep it in advance from storyboards to something called pre-visualization, which is almost like a little mini animated film, so we know how it flowed and how it worked. The prep on this film was insane.”

We still have a few more months until The Little Mermaid hits theaters, on May 26th. The trailer is said to be debuting this weekend during the Super Bowl, so stay tuned!

ICYMI: See what Rob previously said about casting Halle Bailey as Ariel.

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