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Sofia Coppola to Direct Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2014 at 2:56PM

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid," a project that previously had Joe Wright attached. (Wright is now moving full-steam ahead with another fairytale reboot, "Pan," which recently cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.)
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Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid," a project that previously had Joe Wright attached. (Wright is now moving full-steam ahead with another fairytale reboot, "Pan," which recently cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.)

The film, which has "Edward Scissorhands" scribe Caroline Thompson reworking the script (Kelly Marcel and Abi Morgan took earlier passes at it), is with Universal and Working Title.

Per Deadline, "the intention is to move quickly." 

In some ways, "The Little Mermaid" works perfectly in Coppola's wheelhouse. Many of her films examine the confused identity of youth, as in last year's underrated "The Bling Ring." The story of a girl who trades her fins for legs in the name of what she thinks is true love could go over just swimmingly with Coppola's hand at the helm. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.