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Old 07-08-2010, 02:50 PM   #1
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Not Disney, but Little Mermaid fans! "Joe Wright To Direct The Little Mermaid"

Joe Wright To Direct The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersonís The Little Mermaid is best known in cinematical terms these days as the Disney musical featuring singing crabs and a happy-go-lucky undersea princess who wins the heart of the human prince she loves. But if Working Title and Atonement/The Soloist director Joe Wright have any say in the matter, a very different version will be headed for our screens.

The production company and the director are teaming up for the first ever English-language live action take on the tale, which will follow the young mermaidís quest to give up her life under the ocean to live with the human she falls for.

Though chances are it could harken back to the darker themes of Andersonís original 1837 plot, weíre not sure itíll delve too far, since Wrightís take will be inspired by a childrenís puppet theatre production staged by the Little Angel Company in London.

Abi Morgan, who last wrote the script for Brick Lane, has been tasked with turning the story into a screenplay.

Wright, meanwhile, is finishing up work on assassin drama Hanna, with Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. Wonder if Ronan might be among the actresses considered to play the mermaid in the new movie?

Source: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=28315
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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This sounds interesting. I just hope that they have a real actress play the Little Mermaid, and not the so-called "stars" from Disney Channel. Saoirse might do well in my opinion. I hope they keep her in the proper age range, meaning the character Ariel (if they choose to keep the names), would still have to be 16. The prince would also have to be 16 as well (I've never been comfortable with the fact that Ariel is 16 years old while Eric is about 2[?]). This would be a very good film, but not one for little girls.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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Ohhh, this sounds great! I'm looking forward to it.
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