If you thought live action fairy tales were an exhausted concept (with Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and not one but TWO Peter Pan films heading our way) Hollywood begs to differ as Universal Studios has announced The Little Mermaid will swim the silver screen again.
Announced shortly after, the creative team is crammed with strong minded women including Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissor Hands) with pen and paper and Sofia Coppola in the directors chair.
While Coppola is familiar with depicting misguided women in crisis (basically ALL of her movie credits) we think sometime she can miss the mark. Projects like last year’s The Bling Ring had great potential and an even greater concept but somewhere in between, we find ourselves not enjoying ourselves as much as we expected.
As one of the few famous female directors, Sofia Coppola is a busy director but not one popular in the mainstream audience, a group desperately needed to support a big budget movie. I fear this might not be the high production value adaptation some might have hoped and if it is, we can’t say it’s a financially smart decision.
Coppola has always been trapped in the awkward wasteland between Indie and mainstream but we’ll find The Little Mermaid will be the thing that either launches her forward or pushes her back without any chance of returning. Having said that, if there is one project that can propel her into the mainstream audience, it’s this perfect opportunity.
First sparked after Pirates of the Caribbean 4 made us riveted by the sea creatures, we’ve had an interest in mermaids ever since. This could be the way to capitalize on it.
While Coppala could go for a brighter more colorful look (more Japanese anime) we really hope she goes for a darker grittier take. I know we’ve said this EVERY TIME we talk about live action fairy tales but this could be the better Snow White and the Huntsmen, whose sequel has likely been put on the side burner for now. We hope that this more sophisticated angle could be closer to Anderson’s dark (granted VERY creepy) short story as opposed to the all smiles Disney musical.
As for casting, we’d love see Chloe Grace Moretz or Amanda Seyfried in the iconic red hair with Helena Boham Carter or maybe (just maybe) Meryl Street as Ursula.
But what do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section down below!!!