The Little Mermaid

Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ With Chloe Moretz Eyes a New Director

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by Britt Hayes December 16, 2015 @ 5:38 PM
Disney / Sundance Selects
Many male directors have made the huge leap between impressive indie feature debuts to mega blockbusters, but it’s rare to see a woman director handed the keys to a big budget studio film after making her indie directing debut. As more people in Hollywood have begun speaking out about the lack of women directing major films, it’s great to see that the tide is turning with at least one project: Universal’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which may have just found its (female) replacement for Sofia Coppola.

Chloe Moretz to Play ‘The Little Mermaid’ for ‘Love, Actually’ Writer

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by Britt Hayes November 6, 2015 @ 5:25 PM
Disney / Sundance Selects
Our dreams were crushed earlier this year when Sofia Coppola exited Working Title’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid, and while we’ll never get to see what dreamy magic Coppola may have worked on her adaptation, it’s still happening without her — but now it has a leading mer-lady with Chloe Moretz diving in for the live-action update on the classic fairy tale, with a screenplay by Richard Curtis.

Sofia Coppola Will No Longer Be Part of Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’’s World

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by Matt Singer June 1, 2015 @ 3:49 PM
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It sounded so awesome; Sofia Coppola directing a live-action version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. What a great combination of artist and subject; a filmmaker who loves plumbing the depths of privilege and following women as they struggle to free themselves from the prisons society puts them in, and a fairy tale that’s got all of that plus mermaids. It was perfect. But maybe it was too perfect; Deadline now reports that Coppola has dropped out of the project citing “creative differences” with producers at Universal Pictures and Working Title films.

The Legacy of ‘The Little Mermaid’: Lightened-Up Fairy Tales for the Younger Set

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by Kate Erbland November 17, 2014 @ 10:53 AM
Animated films have long plundered classic fairy tales to build their modern stories (at least four of the Disney Princesses alone are pulled from Brothers Grimm tales), but Hans Christian Andersen’s rise to posthumous family-friendly prominence didn’t come into play until the late eighties, when Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (which turns twenty-five this week) first swam on to our cinematic shores. The introduction of Ariel also effectively ended a Princess drought – there had not been a new Princess-centric film since 1959, but after Ariel splashed on to the scene, the House of Mouse started churning out a new one with startlingly regularity (four in the nineties alone) – but its real legacy is introducing Andersen to the younger set by way of mainstream animated outings.

Disney Setting Sail With 'Moana' From the Directors of 'The Little Mermaid'

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by Jacob Hall October 20, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Walt Disney Animation
With 'Frozen' still a raging phenomenon and 'Big Hero 6' right around the corner, the folks at Disney Animation are probably feeling pretty good about their lives and careers at the moment. So the first news about their next film, 'Moana,' arrives at a time when the world's most famous animation studio is at a fairly incredible high and like their last major blockbuster, this is a female-led adventure. Prepare for the merchandise, parents.

'The Little Mermaid' to Get Some 'Bling' From Sofia Coppola

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by Jacob Hall March 18, 2014 @ 1:07 PM
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With 'Frozen' still tearing up the box office months after release, the demand for fantastical stories revolving around princesses are at an all-time high ... and Disney isn't the only one looking for a slice of the action. Sofia Coppola of 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Bling Ring' fame is looking to bring Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid' to the big screen for Universal, which is as interesting a combination of talent and subject matter that we've ever seen.

Disney Encourages Audiences to Bring iPads to 'Little Mermaid' Screenings

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by Britt Hayes September 11, 2013 @ 4:59 PM
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Just as talk is reigniting about the use of phones and electronic devices during screenings thanks to one movie blogger's instantly notorious call to (and inappropriate use of) 911 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Disney has announced that they'd like to encourage you to bring your iPads to the theater. For their upcoming re-release of 'The Little Mermaid,' the studio wants you and your kiddos to bring your iPads to screenings for a special interactive experience. Oh brother.