Disney is systematically going through all of its animated classics and turning them into live-action movies, but the problem with that system is that it takes time. Beauty And The Beast isn’t even out yet, which means the “real” version of The Little Mermaid is still pretty far off. That’s where Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions—two companies with names that definitely sound real—come in. Seeing as how Hans Christian Andersen’s original story is in the public domain, these companies just went ahead and made their own Little Mermaid movie that you can watch while waiting for the one that will have actual famous people and a script co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. No offense to Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton, and William Moseley, of course.
This Little Mermaid will be released at some point this year. Just make sure you don’t accidentally confuse it for The Lure or Universal’s Little Mermaid that was going to star Chloë Grace Moretz, because those are totally different.