After the critical and commercial success of Lost in Translation, which culminated in an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay, Sofia Coppola’s next few films were met with considerably less acclaim. While she doesn’t seem like the type to pay a lot of attention to reviews, it does feel like the current Hollywood climate has made it more difficult for her to make the kinds of movies she is interested in. I suppose that might explain why she is suddenly on the verge of directing her first big budget studio film, a project that will also be her first family-friendly undertaking. This week we are hearing that she is likely to sign on to direct a new version of The Little Mermaid, the latest in a continuing wave of live-action fairy tale adaptations. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Sofia Coppola is currently in negotiations to direct The Little Mermaid for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, a new live-action take on the original Hans Christian Anderson story. Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) was originally attached to direct, but he eventually signed on to direct a Peter Pan reboot for Warner Brothers instead. The latest version of the script was written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), although previous drafts were penned by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey) and Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame).
Ironically, Emma Watson was rumoured to be cast as Ariel in this film last year, but it turned out to be a pretty obvious April Fool’s joke. Perhaps Coppola could still end up reteaming with her Bling Ring star? It should be noted that there was another competing live-action version of The Little Mermaid that was set up at Sony a few years ago with Country Strong director Shana Feste attached. It’s unclear if that version is still moving forward. Either way, I’m very curious to see what Sofia Coppola does with the material even though I’m not crazy about these live-action fairy tales in general. Are you interested in seeing Sofia Coppola’s take on The Little Mermaid?