The Little Mermaid is an upcoming live-action fantasy–adventure film loosely based on the original Hans Christian Andersen novel of the same name. It is directed and written by Blake Harris, co-directed by Chris Bouchard, and produced by Armando Gutierrez and Robert Molloy. The film is being released on August 17, 2018.
The story begins with an old grandmother telling her two granddaughters the story of The Little Mermaid. Despite their young ages, the girls don’t believe in the story, until their grandmother tells them a tale of her own. Many years ago, a young reporter named Cam Harrison who had failed to earn a living sets out in search of a good story accompanied by his younger sister, Elle. There, they go to a circus and encounter a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass tank. They are further amazed when the mermaid appears before them as a young woman with legs. The duo soon learn of a prophecy about a little girl born on land, blessed with the heart of a mermaid. With this prophecy come to life in Elle, they are further entangled in a sinister plot of a wizard who wishes to keep the mermaid’s soul and convert it to power.
“There are no cheap parlor tricks here!” growls Locke (Armando Gutierrez), the cloak-swirling, goatee-twitching villain of Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard’s “The Little Mermaid,” providing such an easy way in for the disgruntled reviewer (and few will be gruntled) that it almost feels like a trap. Creaky visual effects, slapdash plotting and a script drunk on cliché: There’s pretty much nothing but cheap parlor trickery here.” Jessica Kiang, Vanity Fair
“With stilted sincerity, The Little Mermaid offers an idealized image of good Americans who cannot abide oppression or tyranny. (William Moseley’s earnest reporter is British, but that’s OK: He’s the right kind of immigrant, well-educated and well-heeled.) Unlike in faith-based films, there is no greater power in Harris’s worldview. Magic is merely an individual trait: a vulnerability to be fortified by strength of character.” SERENA DONADONI, The Village Voice