‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Adaptation Finds Its Lead

By November 6, 2015

Spoiler alert – this article will not contain ANY “Part of Your World” or “Kiss the Girl” puns/references. You’re welcome.

The news came almost two years ago that Hollywood was working on developing a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, which was said to be much more like the Hans Christian Andersen story than the Disney animated film. What perhaps was the most interesting piece of the story though was that Sofia Coppola was attached to direct the film, which seemed like either the best or worst choice in the world. Unfortunately, the director has since left the project, and not much noise has come from the film since then.

Until now, that is.

Variety is reporting that actress Chloe Grace-Moretz has officially signed onto play the lead role of Ariel in the film, the mermaid from Atlantis who wishes to become a human after saving a sailor from drowning at sea. Richard Curtis has also been brought on to take another pass at the film’s script, after Coppola’s departure was reportedly caused by creative differences with the studio. There isn’t a release date for the film, and with no director at the helm currently, Universal Pictures reportedly wanted one more experienced writer to perform a rewrite before beginning their search again.

The report also states that Grace-Moretz has always been the studio’s choice for the role, but held off announcing until things began to progress some more, and it looks like the studio is preparing for one more try at getting this live-action adaptation made. No word on the directors being looked at as Coppola’s replacement have been revealed as of yet either.

Personally, this casting definitely makes sense, as Moretz fits the age range needed for the role, and she’s proven herself as having more than enough talent to pull it off as well. However, this doesn’t really make the project all that different than the high-number of other live-action adaptation of classic stories running around Hollywood right now, with Coppola being possibly the most interesting thing about the project until she pulled out. But while I won’t really have a concrete opinion on this until they announce the film’s newest director, it at least looks like The Little Mermaid has finally started swimming again.

The Little Mermaid does not currently have a release date.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable