Sofia Coppola, the director behind the fantastic movie Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides, is in negotiation to direct an upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid adaptation. The tale was famously a Disney animated film but was actually based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Joe Wright was previously looking to direct the live-action feature.
Andersen’s story, which follows a young mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince, was first published in 1837 and has been adapted numerous times for stage and screen. Wright’s version is inspired by a children’s puppet theatre production of the classic at London’s Little Angel Theatre Company.
Caroline Thompson is currently rewriting the project, which has previously been drafted by Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel and, before that Abi Morgan.
There is no word when the project will begin production or what stars Coppola is eyeing for the leading roles.