By T. Mack
More than a year ago, a Universal Pictures project was announced that would be a live-action version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. Although most people associate the title with the happy ending Disney animated version of the story, it is actually a much darker tale with an ending that is much less chipper than the one Disney has made us most familiar with. While the new film has plans to be kid-friendly, it will follow the story of the book rather than the famous animated movie.
Since the announcement of the film, it has gone through scripts by three different screenwriters. This week, Deadline announced that the director, Sophia Copola, would step down due to “creative differences.” Coppola is the second director to step away from the project. Prior to her taking it on, Joe Wright (Hanna) was attached to the project.
Development for the film is still moving forward without Coppola. Let’s hope the third time’s a charm for this film finding a director that will stick.
What do you think of a live-action version of The Little Mermaid? Are you sad or relieved that it will not be the Disney version of the tale? Let us know in the comments.