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The Little Mermaid to return to the big screen

Live-action version of classic tale on the way – most probably with a Gothic slant

March 19th, 2014 1:31 pm| by admin

Award-winning director Sofia Coppola is reportedly negotiating a deal to direct an upcoming live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy-tale 'The Little Mermaid'.

This latest adaptation is being rewritten by Tim Burton collaborator Caroline Thompson, who previously wrote the sceenplays for 'Edward Scissorhands', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'The Corpse Bride'.

Coppola is one of Hollywood's top directors, but is noted for less kid-friendly films like 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Virgin Suicides'.

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There is no word yet on whether Coppola’s take on the story will have a Disney-style happy ending, or will stick to HC Andersen’s darker original, but with a Gothically-inclined screenwriter on board it's a safe bet it will be the latter.