News like this makes diehard Disney fans very fortunate souls.
Further expanding his collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures – which currently includes writing songs for the upcoming Moana and co-starring in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns – the Hamilton creator phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on to be a key creative force in the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Looking to expand the 5-song slate of the 1989 animated classic, Miranda will take over the lyric duties of the late Howard Ashman and join composer Alan Menken to fill out more original songs for the feature film.
In addition, Deadline.com reports that Miranda will co-produce the movie with Marc Platt (who’s currently overseeing Universal’s long-awaited big screen version of Wicked). Miranda will also reportedly “supervise the story”.
Miranda was particularly keen to be involved with the project. A long time fan of The Little Mermaid, he named his son Sebastian after the story’s beloved crab.