Director Joe Wright Developing a Live-Action Little Mermaid
by Alex Billington
July 8, 2010
You have got to be kidding me. Yes, it's true, and yes, it's happening. THR says that UK-based Working Title Films is developing a live-action version of the Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Little Mermaid. As you may already know, most of the classic Disney fairytales we think of as part of their legacy are actually fairytales written well before Disney even existed (like Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, they're all the same) and Little Mermaid is just the same. Joe Wright (of Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist and Hanna) will be directing this fairytale from a script currently being written by Abi Morgan (of Brick Lane).
Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale version of The Little Mermaid was first published in 1837 and has been adapted numerous times for the stage and the screen, but this will be the first English-language live-action adaptation. Wright's version is inspired by a children's puppet theatre production of the classic at London's Little Angel Theatre Company. It tells the classic tale of a young mermaid who gives up her life in the sea to love a human prince. My first thought is that this could look like Enchanted meets Colin Farrell's Ondine, which would be interesting to see, but I hope there's a more unique angle Wright has other than just making this live-action. I'm not opposed to this idea, I just want to hear more about it first. Stay tuned. Thoughts?