Sofia Coppola to make 'Little Mermaid' into a live-action film

Live-action film to hopefully steer clear of Disney's 1989 feel-good interpretation.
Live-action film to hopefully steer clear of Disney's 1989 feel-good interpretation. 

The Little Mermaid is set to be made into a live-action movie and indie darling Sofia Coppola from Marie Antoinette fame is in “negotiations” to direct the film.

Deadline confirmed reports that Coppola (The Bling Ring, The Virgin Suicides) is indeed in talks with Universal and Working Title to step into the director role after Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, The Soloist ), who has been linked to the film for some time, is rumoured to have stepped down as director to focus on Pan, the latest interpretation of J.M Barrie’s novel Peter Pan.

The script for the film is still a work in progress with a number of big names having a shot at reworking the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about a mermaid who makes a deal with the devil to trade her tail for legs after she falls in love with a human. The latest of which is Caroline Thompson, who is best known for her work on Edward Scissorhands. Previous drafts were also penned by Fifty Shades of Grey writer Kelly Marcel and Abi Morgan of Shame fame.

Director Sofia Coppola to make updated version of Hans Christian Anderson's <i>The Little Mermaid</i>.
Director Sofia Coppola to make updated version of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little MermaidPhoto: Getty

The latest announcement that places Coppola at the helm of the film is still light on plot details but fans of the fairy tale are hoping that the updated interpretation will follow the same vein as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent.

Indiewire reported that Morgan originally said they were steering clear of the makeshift feel-good 1989 Disney interpretation.  

 "We're going the much more traditional route," she said in 2011. "It's so beautiful and exquisite and painful, so we absolutely have to have the original ending."

But with two writers taking over from Morgan since we can only hope they continue down this path.