Sofia Coppola to Direct Universal's Adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid'
Way back in 2010, Atonement director Joe Wright was circling an adaptation of The Little Mermaid, a new live-action take on the classic fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen. However, Universal and Working Title have found a new director to take on the project previously written by Fifty Shades Of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel and Shame writer Abi Morgan. Deadline has word that The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola is currently in talks to take on the film, and it's certainly much more family friendly than any of the director's previous filmmaking efforts on the big screen.
A new draft comes from Edwards Scissorhands writer Caroline Thompson (which is great since that Tim Burton film is a fairytale in itself), and Universal wants to move quickly to get this one off the ground. The question is whether Coppola will make this a little more of a grown up version, or if she'll tailor it to hit the family audience (after all, she has kids of her own too). For the five people who haven't seen the Disney adaptation of this tale, the story follows a young mermaid who gives up her life in the sea, in a rather risky fashion, to love a human prince on land. We're definitely interested to see what Coppola does with the story.