In another attempt at taking an animated classic and turning it into a live acton remake, actress Chloë Grace Moretz has been cast to star as the title character in The Little Mermaid, and Richard Curtis is currently in talks to write the script. What does set this apart is that this is not being done by Disney! While their 1989 animated movie has clearly been the most successful telling on the big screen, the story itself is public domain so this adaption is tackled by Working Title and Universal.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce.
Variety broke the news about this story, but presently very little else is known about this production. The story does tell of a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.
Exec VP of Production Erik Baiers and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.
Earlier this year Sofia Coppola had left the project due to some creative differences, specifically she could not come to an agreement with the studios regarding who to cast as the lead for this project. While Sofia had wanted Maya Thurman-Hawke, insiders say that the studios wanted a bigger name to act as a lure for audiences to see this movie, and reportedly they had their eye on Moretz. After Coppola left the project the studio executives decided to give it another pass by trying to find a top writer to pen the script in the hopes of possibly attracting more “star-quality” talent. It’s possible that given the studio’s desire to cast Moretz for the role that there was a desire to keep that bit of information quiet until a writer was firmly attached to the project.
Moretz is currently filming Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising for Universal after having just finished Brain on Fire. She can be seen next in Sony’s The Fifth Wave and also has November Criminals set to bow next year.
Curtis’ credits include Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, which have both been popular with auds and critics. He even wrote what is regarded to be one of the best episodes of Doctor Who during Matt Smith’s tenure, “Vincent and the Doctor.” One of his most recent projects was About Time in which he both wrote and directed the project, although he has stated that he will probably not ever direct again.
So what are your thoughts about this? Should Disney be tackling this (although that studio doesn’t appear to be racing to do it) live action remake, or are we simply being over saturated with live action remakes?
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