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A live-action Little Mermaid film in the works

07.08.2010

Somewhere, someone at Disney must be kicking themselves. The studio who has been reworking a number of their animated classics into live-action adaptations (ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE plus CINDERELLA and a SLEEPING BEAUTY film in development), somehow missed the boat on a live-action LITTLE MERMAID film. Instead Joe Wright (ATONEMENT) is attached to direct the film for Working Title.

The film, with a new script by Abi Morgan, is expected to follow the original Hans Christian Anderson fairytale instead of the modern classic Disney animated film. Whether the film will take place in modern time or will be a period piece, remains to be seen. While the MERMAID story has been told numerous times (most recently in Miyazaki's PONYO), this would be the first live-action, English language adaptation.

MERMAID would be Wright's fourth film with Working Title after teaming with them on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT and THE SOLOIST. He recently wrapped production on HANNA with Saoirse Ronan who, as it turns out, would make a great Ariel...

Extra Tidbit: Boy searching for LITTLE MERMAID pics turns up a lot of inappropriate responses...
Source: Variety

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10:12PM on 07/08/2010
You guys really need to read the original HCA story... or at least wikipedia it.
You guys really need to read the original HCA story... or at least wikipedia it.
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8:19PM on 07/08/2010

hahahahaaaa...fuck disney...

and make it a really sad fucking ending, like ending up on the palace menu or something.
and make it a really sad fucking ending, like ending up on the palace menu or something.
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6:23PM on 07/08/2010
if they follow the original


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go look it up yourself haha! (but the original work has quite a different ending)
if they follow the original


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go look it up yourself haha! (but the original work has quite a different ending)
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5:48PM on 07/08/2010
They should make it a period piece and follow the Original animated Disney film, I wonder how they'll sound/look interacting under water? this would be interesting to see, I thought Splash was pretty good.
They should make it a period piece and follow the Original animated Disney film, I wonder how they'll sound/look interacting under water? this would be interesting to see, I thought Splash was pretty good.
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5:00PM on 07/08/2010

they should cast...

...Alison Brie from Community..she would be perfect as Arial..she looks like a Disney character come to life
...Alison Brie from Community..she would be perfect as Arial..she looks like a Disney character come to life
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4:12PM on 07/08/2010

I liked Atonement,

and picturing Keira Knightly in a shell bikini is nice, but I doubt this could be as creative or charming as Ponyo.
and picturing Keira Knightly in a shell bikini is nice, but I doubt this could be as creative or charming as Ponyo.
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3:30PM on 07/08/2010
Wright is a great director, and we haven't seen a true version of this in several years, and if the script is good enough, I say, let's have a look see.
Wright is a great director, and we haven't seen a true version of this in several years, and if the script is good enough, I say, let's have a look see.
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11:30AM on 07/08/2010

Honestly...

This could turn out to be great. If it's a period piece then we're definitely looking at something visually stunning. I just hope Keira Knightely isn't the Little Mermaid.
This could turn out to be great. If it's a period piece then we're definitely looking at something visually stunning. I just hope Keira Knightely isn't the Little Mermaid.
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10:49AM on 07/08/2010

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...it can't POSSIBLY be as bad as the time I looked up "watermelon" to get a pic for a recipie card I was making for my Grandma. I'll let you all tap into your own imaginations on that one.

WTF is wrong with people!?!?
...it can't POSSIBLY be as bad as the time I looked up "watermelon" to get a pic for a recipie card I was making for my Grandma. I'll let you all tap into your own imaginations on that one.

WTF is wrong with people!?!?
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10:32AM on 07/08/2010
What? Wait. Why is this necessary? Joe Wright and Working Title are both really respectable names, usually behind some quite respectable material. So what the hell gives?

Also, didn't Neil Jordan just make a mermaid movie? And wasn't Ponyo based on The Little Mermaid? And isn't Stephanie Meyer doing something with mermaids?

I love Joe Wright, but what the hell, seriously. Are we looking at a possible near-future mermaid overdose, just like the vampire overdose we've been subjected to as
What? Wait. Why is this necessary? Joe Wright and Working Title are both really respectable names, usually behind some quite respectable material. So what the hell gives?

Also, didn't Neil Jordan just make a mermaid movie? And wasn't Ponyo based on The Little Mermaid? And isn't Stephanie Meyer doing something with mermaids?

I love Joe Wright, but what the hell, seriously. Are we looking at a possible near-future mermaid overdose, just like the vampire overdose we've been subjected to as of late?
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10:17AM on 07/08/2010
I think I have seen this movie before. It's called Splash!
I think I have seen this movie before. It's called Splash!
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9:16AM on 07/08/2010
Por qua? Por qua?!
Por qua? Por qua?!
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