Before you get your panties in a wad, remember that long before The Little Mermaid was a Disney flick it happened to be a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Anderson (way back in the 1830s). So when I tell you that Sofia Coppola is looking to jump into the director’s chair for a live-action version of the classic tale, don’t start screaming nonsense about that Disney cartoon. It shall be its own thing and, I’m guessing, fall more in line with the original tale.
This is a project that has been going on for some time, with Universal Pictures and Working Title taking the lead. They have writer Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) working on a rewrite of the script, the two previous drafts apparently not being what they wanted. Now Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct.
I have to wonder how much of a kids’ appeal this movie will have if Coppola ends up saying yes and taking the job. Maybe we’re looking at a darker version of the tale? Something that kids can watch but parents can enjoy on a whole other level? Only time will tell.
Thanks to Deadline for the heads-up.