The Little Mermaid Director And Alan Menken Get Blunt About Prince Eric Very Much Needing Revising For The Live-Action Version


With the live-action The Little Mermaid now part of our world, comparisons to the 1989 classic are unavoidable. Among them is an expanded role for Prince Eric, who even gets his own tune called “Wild Uncharted Waters.” When CinemaBlend spoke to the filmmakers about the remake, they got honest about the original animated version of the character seriously needing, well… a personality. 

During our interview with director Rob Marshall, the filmmaker also behind Mary Poppins Returns and Into The Woods shared that it was decided to do the most when it came to revising to Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King. In his words: 

Eric had nothing. I mean, such a simple sort of wooden character from the original and anybody, I mean, even Alan Menken would agree to that. I mean, they all would say that wasn’t developed. And so finding his journey, finding his story, creating his mother, the character of the Queen, understanding that he doesn’t feel like he fits in either and there’s these similarities between the two worlds. His parents aren’t understanding what he wants in the world, limiting him to not being able to do what he wants to do. He sees a vision past his small world, so does Ariel. And so, when we realized, of course he needs a song, like what’s his ‘I want’ [song], what’s his journey? All these things really that felt like that whole proportion of the story was we were able to bring to life in a much fuller way.

Originally Posted Here

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Will Smith Announces ‘Class Of ’88’ Podcast On Amazon Music
Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 3: Release Date, Cast, Episode Count & Everything Else You Need To Know+
Katy Perry comments about Russell Brand surface amid allegations
Reba McEntire Jokes That ‘The Voice’ Coaches Are ‘Real Mean’
Don Crescendo, solo artist, DJ and producer, dies aged 28