Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct the upcoming live action adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.”
According to Deadline, the upcoming film will give a new spin to the classic story, focusing on a “mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love.”
Kelly Marcel (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Abi Morgan (“Shame”) wrote drafts for the film’s script, which is now being rewritten by Caroline Thompson, who wrote “Edward Scissorhands.” Joe Wright was previously considered to direct the film.
This will be Coppola’s first child-friendly film, a diversion from the usual adult-themed movies she has directed such as “The Virgin Suicides,” “Lost in Translation” and “The Bling Ring.”
Meanwhile, it is yet to be revealed whether or not the upcoming film adaptation will stick with Andersen’s original story, where the mermaid dissolves into foam towards the end, or will take after Disney’s happier version.
Nevertheless, taking into consideration Coppola’s style in her previous films and Thompson’s credits, which include “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Corpse Bride,” the audience may be in for a rather uncanny big screen treat.