7 ways the live-action 'Little Mermaid' will confuse Disney fans

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In "The Little Mermaid" movie, the mermaid is being controlled by someone who was once a part of her.

Let's just get it out of the way here: This is not the trailer for Disney's Little Mermaid remake, with music by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of a whole slew of live-action adaptations that the studio has planned. Starring William Moseley, Poppy Drayton and Loreto Peralta, this movie has nothing to do with a young woman selling her voice to a sea witch in the pursuit of true love.

This take on the 1837 classic centers on a young girl (Peralta) and her older brother (Moseley), a reporter, who travels to a small town in MS to find a woman believed to be the real "little mermaid".

Written by Blake Harris, who co-directs with Chris Bouchard, The Little Mermaid is scheduled for release at some point in 2017. But if people are expecting a reunion of Sebastian, Flounder and Ariel, or a story with a much-needed updated, feminist message, this Little Mermaid will leave them confused. From the footage, it looks like Elizabeth is trapped at the circus because an evil man in a top hat has stolen her soul-and if that's not an apt metaphor for work in the modern world, then I don't know what is.

Even though the storyline is memorable because of the animated film, there are apparent differences from the Disney film.

Confusingly, it shares a title, "The Little Mermaid", with the animated classic. Without a foe to the wide-eyed heroine, the story is at a loss. If this is confusing in a two-minute trailer, imagine what a full-length feature film will be like.

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