Sofia Coppola set to direct live action version of THE LITTLE MERMAID
Resident nuanced, ethereal coming of age writer/director Sofia Coppola has apparently been tapped to direct the long-gestating live-action version of The Little Mermaid. (If you’re picturing Ariel as a 20 year old bored brat surrounded by hipster junkies and muted palettes of undersea accouterments, you’re not alone)
What was once rumored to be directed by period-piece loving Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) is now set to be helmed by Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring creator Coppola.
What do we think? I was actually looking forward to a Joe Wright-directed live-action version, as much as anyone can look forward to a very likely to be doomed live-action version of one of their favorite childhood films. Now that Coppola’s attached, I just don’t know if her aesthetic and shooting style really match what I had in mind—or really, what the story of Ariel could have in mind—for this adaptation. I don’t think Coppola is untalented; on the contrary. I think she’s great. But I just don’t know if she’s right for this.