The Little Mermaid, the live-action film inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale more than the Disney animated classic, has set an August 17 release date exclusively at more than 200 AMC Theatres nationwide. The Royals‘ William Moseley and Downton Abbey‘s Poppy Drayton star in the debut feature from Robert Molloy’s Kingsway Productions.

Written by Blake Harris and co-directed by Harris and Chris Bouchard, the fantasy-adventure follows a young girl who discovers a beautiful, enchanting woman she believes to be the real “Little Mermaid” of lore. Moseley is Cam Harrison, a young reporter following a big story about the mermaid (Drayton) and a magic healing water said to cure all. He travels with his sick niece (Loreto Peralta) to a small Mississippi town and uncovers a legend that’s as mysterious as the circus they find it in. Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon and Armando Gutierrez co-star.

Gutierrez, Molloy and Kevin Adler are producers, and Jessica Steinbrenner is executive producer of the film from Kingsway and Conglomerate Media.

Freestyle Digital Media has VOD rights to the pic.

Check out the new trailer: