A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.


Blake Harris, Chris Bouchard (co-director)


Blake Harris, Hans Christian Andersen (inspired by the fairytale)





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Moseley ... Cam
Poppy Drayton ... Elizabeth
Loreto Peralta ... Elle
Armando Gutierrez ... Locke
Shirley MacLaine ... Grandmother / Elle
Gina Gershon ... Peggy Gene
Shanna Collins ... Thora
Chris Yong ... Ulysses
Jo Marie Payton ... Lorene
Tom Nowicki ... Sid
Lexy Kolker ... Granddaughter Lily
Claire Crosby ... Granddaughter Rose
Jared Sandler ... Billy Bob
Hunter Gomez ... Johnny Boy
Antares Davis ... Flirtatious Mom


A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.

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A new twist on the classic tail.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Douglas General store front was a location shot in Douglas, a small town in central Washington. See more »


Netflix said Elle is Cam's sister, not niece as described in story. See more »


Locke: There are no cheap parlor tricks here!
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 28 March 2017 (2017) See more »

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8 December 2018 | by tgarrett96See all my reviews

So there are a ton of reviews trashing this movie because they're coming from adults who (like me) grew up with Disney's Little Mermaid and have been waiting for the "real people" version of that movie to come out. But this movie is not meant to be a remake of Disney's Little Mermaid, it's meant to be a twist on that story. (I also think it's kind of hysterical the people saying the fight scenes were boring and didn't look real; it's the effin Little Mermaid, if you were looking for decent action scenes, you're an idiot.) Don't have expectations when you watch this movie; I'm not saying that in the sense you'll be disappointed, I'm saying that because this isn't Disney, and it's not "the" remake we've been waiting for; that'll come out eventually. This a children's movie based loosely off of the original, and I actually think it's good. It's not necessarily a movie I would watch again, but not because it sucked, just because it's a little too calm for me. And I think that's exactly what's good about it. This is exactly the type of movie I would put on while babysitting. It's sweet, it's clean, the love between Cam and Elle is inspiring, and the fighting scenes aren't intense at all.

@EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE: Well done, truly. You somehow got the green light to produce a movie in the 21st Century without violence, without sex, without hidden innuendos (as EVERY kid's movie has nowadays). Try not to let the haters bother you. Darkness will always try to choke out the light.

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Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,505, 19 August 2018

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (5.1 surround)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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