Lin-Manuel Miranda to go "Under the Sea" with a new adaptation of "The Little Mermaid."
Apparently Lin-Manuel Miranda, who left the cast of his Broadway hit “Hamilton” earlier this summer, has some time on his hands these days: He’ll be joining Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” 1989’s “The Little Mermaid”) to write new songs for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” The film will use a mixture of Miranda/Menken’s work, and original songs written by Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Deadline.com reports that Miranda has long had a fondness for “The Little Mermaid,” to the point of naming his baby son Sebastian (after the movie’s cheerful crab and “royal court composer,” who sings “Under the Sea”).
Miranda, who won a slew of Tony Awards for “Hamilton” in June, isn’t one to rest on his laurels: He’s currently signed to star opposite Emily Blunt in the upcoming “Mary Poppins” sequel, has written music for the animated Disney feature “Moana” (coming this fall), and is busily campaigning against illegal ticket bots. Expect him to get the final crown in his EGOT sweep — Emmy (he’s got one), Grammy (he’s got two), Oscar, Tony — very soon.