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Sofia Coppola to direct a live action take on The Little Mermaid

03.18.2014

Director Sofia Coppola is best known for her films that focus on adult themes like adultery, parenthood, romance, and death, but her next film will be a complete genre shift for the Oscar nominated filmmaker. Coppola's next movie will be a live action adaptation of the classic story THE LITTLE MERMAID for Universal.

The screenplay was originally written by Kelly Marcel (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) and Abi Morgan (SHAME) and Joe Wright was once attached. He has since moved on to the Peter Pan prequel PAN. Coppola will be working with EDWARD SCISSORHANDS writer Caroline Thompson on the new draft of the story.

THE LITTLE MERMAID was most famously made into a Disney animated musical which spawned several sequels and a stage musical. It appears that, like the recent Snow White and Alice in Wonderland films, this version will not feature the cast breaking into song. What we don't know is what the film will look like. Coppola definitely has a unique style and, love or hate her, you cannot argue that MARIE ANTOINETTE and LOST IN TRANSLATION look good on the screen. I cannot see her making something like MALEFICENT, but then again I never expected Alfonso Cuaron to direct a movie like THE LITTLE PRINCESS.

Universal is fast tracking THE LITTLE MERMAID but there is no release date yet for the fantasy film.

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Source: Deadline

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12:45AM on 03/19/2014
"Director Sofia Coppola is best known for her films that focus on adult themes like adultery, parenthood, romance, and death "
Well ... That's really the whole story of The Little Mermaid, in a nutshell. The original story, at least.
"Director Sofia Coppola is best known for her films that focus on adult themes like adultery, parenthood, romance, and death "
Well ... That's really the whole story of The Little Mermaid, in a nutshell. The original story, at least.
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9:35PM on 03/18/2014
all Coppolas lose their way eventually. This was inevitable.
all Coppolas lose their way eventually. This was inevitable.
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9:03PM on 03/18/2014
...so a Splash remake?
...so a Splash remake?
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11:21PM on 03/18/2014
Exactly what I am betting this will be. If that's the case... a very big, "NO THANKS!"
Exactly what I am betting this will be. If that's the case... a very big, "NO THANKS!"
8:43PM on 03/18/2014
I would love to see a live-action take on the Disney musical, but Coppola will probably skew darker and more abstract. Still will be interesting. It's for Universal and not Disney, too. If they're sticking with the Little Mermaid being about 16, I'd like to throw Hailee Steinfeld's name in the ring.
I would love to see a live-action take on the Disney musical, but Coppola will probably skew darker and more abstract. Still will be interesting. It's for Universal and not Disney, too. If they're sticking with the Little Mermaid being about 16, I'd like to throw Hailee Steinfeld's name in the ring.
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8:22PM on 03/18/2014
This could be great if done with enough care and talent. For Ariel, how about Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain?

And for Ursula, how about Merly Streep.

Definitely keeping my eye out for this one. Could be awesome.
This could be great if done with enough care and talent. For Ariel, how about Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain?

And for Ursula, how about Merly Streep.

Definitely keeping my eye out for this one. Could be awesome.
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8:36PM on 03/18/2014
Amy Adams as Ariel = Schwing!!
Amy Adams as Ariel = Schwing!!
7:38PM on 03/18/2014
I'm expecting announcements about live action films for Aladdin, Sword in the Stone, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Planet, and Tangled any day now. Am I missing any other Disney animated films with human main characters? Is it too early for a live action Frozen movie?
I'm expecting announcements about live action films for Aladdin, Sword in the Stone, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Planet, and Tangled any day now. Am I missing any other Disney animated films with human main characters? Is it too early for a live action Frozen movie?
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7:12PM on 03/18/2014
The perception that the fairy tales Disney has adapted are actually Disney stories is too well established for another studio to try and make new versions of. It will come off as counterfeit as the non-Disney Snow White or Beauty and the Beast products small companies make. Those products aren't counterfeit but the market views them as knockoffs and the Disney products as the real product. A live-action Little Mermaid needs the Disney brand attached, or Jennifer Lawrence.
The perception that the fairy tales Disney has adapted are actually Disney stories is too well established for another studio to try and make new versions of. It will come off as counterfeit as the non-Disney Snow White or Beauty and the Beast products small companies make. Those products aren't counterfeit but the market views them as knockoffs and the Disney products as the real product. A live-action Little Mermaid needs the Disney brand attached, or Jennifer Lawrence.
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5:46PM on 03/18/2014
Just when I thought Sofia Coppola was going away. Looks like we are in for another overly pretentious self-indulgent flick from one of the single most over-rated directors in cinema.
Just when I thought Sofia Coppola was going away. Looks like we are in for another overly pretentious self-indulgent flick from one of the single most over-rated directors in cinema.
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5:27PM on 03/18/2014
Sounds interesting.It should be way better than The Bling Ring which was a huge disappointment.
Sounds interesting.It should be way better than The Bling Ring which was a huge disappointment.
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4:30PM on 03/18/2014

I like her films but...

this will be such an effects heavy film that I wonder if she has the experience to pull it off. I hope for the best of Sophia. The casting of Ursula will ultimately define how good this movie will be for me.
this will be such an effects heavy film that I wonder if she has the experience to pull it off. I hope for the best of Sophia. The casting of Ursula will ultimately define how good this movie will be for me.
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4:26PM on 03/18/2014

Why do I suspect this will hearken back to the original fairy tale

which did not end well for the Mermaid?

Sofia Coppola has great visuals and draws brilliant performances from her actors, but I'm not as much a fan of her storytelling. Hopefully this film will prove me wrong.
which did not end well for the Mermaid?

Sofia Coppola has great visuals and draws brilliant performances from her actors, but I'm not as much a fan of her storytelling. Hopefully this film will prove me wrong.
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5:49PM on 03/18/2014
A director's job is storytelling. Why give her credit for stuff other people did right? Great acting comes from actors, and great visuals comes from the cinematographer. She is just a bad director with the clout to surround herself with extremely talented people.
A director's job is storytelling. Why give her credit for stuff other people did right? Great acting comes from actors, and great visuals comes from the cinematographer. She is just a bad director with the clout to surround herself with extremely talented people.
7:02PM on 03/18/2014
If directors weren't important in drawing out actors' performances, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen and Oscar winner Natalie Portman wouldn't have been so wooden in the STAR WARS prequels.

Like the actors, the cinematographer works under the director. Quite often the director will storyboard the shots for the cinematographer so he/she knows what's going to happen. Neither of them are working in a vacuum.
If directors weren't important in drawing out actors' performances, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen and Oscar winner Natalie Portman wouldn't have been so wooden in the STAR WARS prequels.

Like the actors, the cinematographer works under the director. Quite often the director will storyboard the shots for the cinematographer so he/she knows what's going to happen. Neither of them are working in a vacuum.
4:20PM on 03/18/2014
YES! I can see this being made with an extreme overload of CGI... which usually I am against but not for this film. If they try to go too live action and life-like then it'll be worthless and stupid. Make it very colorful, CGI talking Sebastian and Flounder and 80% of the film under water.
YES! I can see this being made with an extreme overload of CGI... which usually I am against but not for this film. If they try to go too live action and life-like then it'll be worthless and stupid. Make it very colorful, CGI talking Sebastian and Flounder and 80% of the film under water.
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5:11PM on 03/18/2014
Lol this is not a Disney live action remake. Sorry but there is no Sebastian and Flounder in the original story, which like a lot of original fairy tails, is actually quite dark in tone...
Lol this is not a Disney live action remake. Sorry but there is no Sebastian and Flounder in the original story, which like a lot of original fairy tails, is actually quite dark in tone...
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