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Sofia Coppola Will Direct The Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

Wed, March 19, 2014 9:46am EDT by Add first Comment
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Ariel is returning — with a top-notch director behind the camera! The Lost in Translation and Bling Ring director is taking the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid film over, and it sounds like a match made in heaven!

After her massive success with The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola could probably have almost any project she wants, but she’s got her eyes on her very own The Little Mermaid. The acclaimed director is taking a break from her indie darlings to helm the upcoming live-action remake of the child-favorite Hans Christian Andersen tale and Disney classic, according to Deadline.

Sofia Coppola Wants To Direct ‘A Little Mermaid’

The new Little Mermaid will be a huge departure from its 1989 Disney animated counterpart as a live-action feature, and Sofia is reportedly very interested in taking on the role of director on the exciting new project.

And though this project will be a major change in tone from Sofia’s earlier work, as she’s always focused on adult themes, we have to insist that despite being a “fairy tale,” the original Hans Christian Andersen story is a far cry from the toned-down, much more kid-friendly Disney version.

This new film could easily have mature overtones, even if the main character is a mermaid. Remember that Ariel basically makes a deal with the devil in her exchange with Ursula — this is intensely grown-up stuff!

We imagine that Sofia will have a unique artistic and creative spin on the well-known story if she is chosen as director, and we really look forward to seeing what the 42-year-old Oscar-winner will do with the project!

New ‘Little Mermaid’ Goes Through A Series Of Screenwriters

Though currently being rewritten by Carolyn Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), the Little Mermaid script has been touched up by some real Hollywood heavyweights including Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Abi Morgan (Shame).

As for the director options, Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) was interested in the job, according to Deadline, though his recent not-great box office results with Anna Karenina definitely made him a risky choice.

Sofia, on the other hand, seems to be a low risk, high reward choice for this Little Mermaid remake. Are you with us, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— India Irving

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