Disney just keeps on tapping from the same well with their live-action adaptations of classic animated films. An Alice in Wonderland sequel is on the way (watch the trailer HERE), along with new versions of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio. Oh, no, they’re not stopping there. Development of a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is now underway too.
Plans for everyone’s favorite red-headed fish lady to get the live action treatment actually started about 2 years ago. Sofia Coppola was attached to direct the film, for reasons unknown she left, and the project was assumed dead in the water. But now, a very kick ass actress has just been cast as Ariel, aka The Little Mermaid, and things are all a flutter again.
Variety is reporting that actress Chloe Grace-Moretz (Kick-Ass) has officially signed onto play the lead role of Ariel in the film, the mermaid who gets transformed into a human and finds herself more curious about having feet rather than the sudden discovery of having a vagina (Clearly something that has always bothered me far more than it should). She became a human after saving a sailor/Prince from drowning at sea. Under the worst Apple Terms and Conditions made with the Sea Witch, Ursula, she must get the prince to give her a loving kiss within three days or she’ll transform back into a mermaid and have her soul or something owned by Ursula. What am I explaining this to you for, you know the story. You’ve seen the movie 100 times, you’ve seen the sequels, you know the songs… blah!
Moretz, 18, is best known for playing Hit-Girl in the Kick-Ass films, but she’s also rocked in her roles in Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie, If I Stay and The Equalizer. She fits the age needed for the role, and those string of films have proven her a capable and appealing talent. And not to sound like a creeper, but Moretz in red hair is something I think we all want to see.
Screenwriter Richard Curtis is in talks to retool The Little Mermaid script, which has already been worked on by Caroline Thompson, Kelly Marcel and Abi Morgan.
There’s no word on who will be replacing Coppola in the directors chair, but the casting decision was clearly made as one prepared thing to take off the check list in getting this movie made.
The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptation. It’s a wonder what Disney has in store for this adaption. Will it be a straight rip from the original cartoon, will it feature any of the toe-tapping original songs like “Under The Sea” (good luck getting that out of your head now) or will it be closer to the Hans Christian Anderson’s 1837 fairy tale? Can probably discount the latter as the original lore finds The Little Mermaid not marrying the Prince, and with a broken heart, throws herself into the sea and dissolves into seafoam.