The Virgin Suicides director Sofia Coppola wants to take on a film about another kind of teenage girl adrift in life: Ariel. Coppola is reportedly in talks to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, but be prepared for a very different tone from that of your beloved Disney cartoon musical.
According to Deadline, Coppola's version will focus on the Hans Christian Andersen version of the fairy tale, which will involve bleeding feet, broken hearts and a questionably optimistic ending totally unlike the Ariel and Prince Eric a generation grew up on.
Proof of the film's likely darkness comes from the fact that previous drafts were completed by Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel and Shame writer Abi Morgan.
Would a Coppola-helmed version be a hit or a miss? Suffice it to say, the internet has a lot of opinions about this, including who she should cast, in what era the tale should be set and what indie band should be in charge of the soundtrack.
Actually, I hate modern imaginings of fairy tales. Make a live action at the turn of the century, that something I'd get into #littlemermaid— Beansie (@msbeansie) March 19, 2014
I am fully supporting a live-action remake of #LittleMermaid. Sofia Coppola directing the remake? Not so much....— Chelsea Bliefernicht (@cbliefernicht) March 19, 2014
They are doing a live action #LittleMermaid Kinda concerned about them finding a real mermaid to play Ariel. Not to mention a talking fish.— Jason Clow (@lookingforclow) March 19, 2014
This is one of the only times I'll condone a live action singing movie. And only if Coppola includes Poor Unfortunate Souls #LittleMermaid— Emilia Terzon (@EmiliaKate) March 18, 2014
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