Let’s get your first fangirl moment of this article out of the way—Disney’s working on a live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” (Pause for screams.) Here’s your second fangirl moment—some of the songs will be co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
If you’re not familiar with him, Miranda is the creator and former star of the hit Broadway play Hamilton. It’s a historical production set to rap music that sounds better than more than half the songs on the radio right now. He’s also a bonafide genius (he’s even got the award to prove it), so you can’t go wrong when he’s attached to a production.
Side note: there is another mermaid movie in the works, but it’s not being backed by Disney.
Billboard reports that Miranda will be co-producing and writing songs alongside Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. You might not know his name, but Menken basically wrote the soundtrack to your Disney-loving childhood. He created the scores for Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and the original version of The Little Mermaid.
It looks like Miranda may also be poised to a have a long history with Disney. He wrote the soundtrack for Moana, Disney upcoming film centered around its first Polynesian princess. He’ll also star in a sequel to Mary Poppins with Emily Blunt, entitled Mary Poppins Returns.
Miranda actually gave us a little hint about this when he took over Disney Animation’s Instagram about a week ago, but everybody missed it. (He also tweeted a GIF that alluded to the project in June.) But at least we know now and can set up our Google Alerts for any update on when the new movie will be released.
We can watch this Instagram post and his feminist rap with Emma Watson while we wait.