Like “Arielle” with calypso music: Disney makes new real-life musical adaptation for Disney streaming service
Disney will film the musical “Once On This Island” for its in-house streaming service Disney. In contrast to “Hamilton”, the piece is not simply shown as a stage musical recording, but Xmovies8 completely reissued as a feature film.
The musical “Once On This Island” is not particularly well-known in Germany – but that wasn’t Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” a while ago either, but at least since its premiere on Disney, the musical highlight has also been known in Germany.
“Once On This Island” could now be similar, because as Entertainment Weekly reports, Disney will now film the musical directly for its streaming service. In contrast to Hamilton, the musical will be reissued as a feature film and not shown as a compilation of stage performances.
“Once On This Island” could now be similar, because as Entertainment Weekly reports, Disney will now film the musical directly for its streaming service.
That sounds like a promising project, because Disney has a knack for musicals and the story of “Once On This Island” sounds exciting – and well known …
That’s what “Once On This Island” is about
“Once On This Island” combines elements from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The story takes place in the French Antilles in the Caribbean:
“Once On This Island” combines elements from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
A country girl named Ti Moune falls in love with the aristocrat Daniel, but this romance doesn’t live up to the social norm. This incites the island’s gods into a wager: Agwé (god of water), Erzulie (goddess of love), Asaka (mother of the earth) and Papa Ge (demon of death) argue about whether love or death is stronger .
“Once On This Island” debuted on Broadway in 1990. The musical is also available in a German translation; the first performance took place in Vienna in 2006. Since then, the piece has been seen on German stages from time to time.
Wanuri Kahiu directs for Disney Plus
SlashFilm describes the musical as “The Little Mermaid” (already filmed by Disney as “Ariel, the Mermaid”) with a calypso flair (calypso is a Caribbean style of music).
The director is the Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, whose LGBTQ drama “Rafiki” was the first Kenyan film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and was nominated for two awards, while it was initially banned in his home country due to its subject matter. However, after Kahiu complained, the Kenyan Supreme Court lifted the ban.
The Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is on board as the director
Jocelyn Bioh (“Matryoshka”) will write the script for the adaptation, with Marc Platt, a musical experienced filmmaker, on board as the producer. Platt already produced a. a. “La La Land”, “Into The Woods” and “Mary Poppins’ Returns”.
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