Director Joe Wright Developing a Live-Action Little Mermaid

July 8, 2010

Little Mermaid

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?

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  • Jordan
    If Joe Wright has the balls to remain faithful to the original Andersen novel...this could be really interesting.
  • WTF? Well... damn. I love Joe Wright, but this is about the last thing I expected from him. Something to keep an eye on...
  • TigerClaw
    There was already a Live Action Little Mermaid movie. It was called Splash. lol
  • Jeeze
    I kind of dread this for several possible reasons. Emily Blunt doing a South American accent? (The woman in the picture looks like Emily Blunt). Sounds insane
  • Jimmy Love
    Hey Ariels pearls flopping all over the place might not be so bad!
  • Eli
    I recently penned a rough draft for a mermaid tale. Only the ending isn't really happy, because it's not a fairytale. The prince who's in disguise is killed by mermaids and the mermaid herself is rumored to have become a villian of the sea. Yeah, her boobs floppin about would be anice touch. lol.
  • Danni
    Yayyyy my dream come true ?
  • Craig
    I'm actually very okay with this, as long as they follow the original fairytale and not the Disney cartoon.
  • Guy
    Joe Wright is Awesome.
  • ERain
    I love the original version and also the disney version. Is a sad and heartbroken story but i hope he make a very well in this film
  • Wartice  copy and paste linkwe think these actors would make a great cast for the live action little mermaid.. what do you think?




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