A special effects artist, Christine Overs, who worked on the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is suing producers for nearly $200,000 in damages after on-set accident.
The Little Mermaid, a live-action version of Disney’s 1989 animated blockbuster, stars Halle Bailey as Ariel. The film received mixed reviews at the box office, although it is often regarded as one of Disney’s best live-action remakes.
According to Deadline, Overs is taking legal action against Sandcastle Pictures, the group Disney set up for making the movie. She’s suing them for $191,000 because she got hurt while working on the set. Overs, who has worked on movies like GoldenEye, Aliens, and the Dune Part I, was filming a beach scene when a makeshift stair she was on broke. This caused her to fall and break her wrist.
Lawyers representing Overs say that besides her continuing wrist pain, the special effects artist now has trouble using her hand and doing the exact movements her job needs. Her legal team accuses Sandcastle Pictures of not giving her proper access to the set, which made her use a makeshift stair and caused the accident.
Sandcastle Pictures has accepted complete responsibility for Overs’ injury. However, they are contesting the $191,000 she is asking for. The initial hearing before the trial has happened, but the specific trial date is still pending.