'Country Strong' Director to Helm Dark Version of 'The Little Mermaid'
This past weekend saw mermaids of a darker origin hit the big screen in the lackluster sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (read Jeremy's review right here), but now it sounds like the mythical beings of the sea will have another story coming to theaters. Variety reports Country Strong director Shana Feste is set to write and direct a feature film based on Carolyn Turgeon's novel Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale. The novel itself is actually a dark retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, so I wouldn't count on any musical numbers or talking crabs in the familiar mermaid story this time.
The darker take on the classic tale goes as follows:
When two women from two decidedly different worlds fall for the same prince, what else can ensue but heartache and misery? After rescuing a human from the sea, mermaid Princess Lenia falls hard for Prince Christopher, even agreeing to give up her beautiful voice and to endure the constant pain caused by her new legs in order to pursue him on dry land. Meanwhile, Princess Margrethe has also set her sights on the handsome prince in hopes of uniting their two warring kingdoms. With Lenia's life on the line and war looming on the horizon, the princess' choice is bound to have catastrophic consequences.
Sounds like a young adult, teen romance take on the classic story aimed at the demographic who usually swoons over The Twilight Saga. Once again, twisted revisions of classic tales are all the rage right now (two competing Snow White projects are readying for quite a box office battle), so it's not surprising that Mermaid is coming out of the woodwork. The question is how soon Feste's film at Sony Pictures will get off the ground, and whether or not Joe Wright is still in the midst of developing his own live-action take on The Little Mermaid. Personally, after seeing his film Hanna, I'd rather see Wright's version. How about you?