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Sofia Coppola To Direct 'The Little Mermaid'

The Bling Ring director is in talks to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid'

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 19 Mar 2014

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It's been confirmed that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and we couldn’t be happier. Previously Joe Wright (the Atonement director who has most recently been working on Chanel ads) was attached to the project, but Sofia Coppola has now entered the ring.

On the surface, The Little Mermaid may seem like a huge departure from Sofia’s previous work, but if you think about it, there’s more than a touch of The Virgin Suicides to Ariel’s story. We’re looking forward to seeing Sofia bring her love of complex female characters to the table and – truth be told – to a kid-friendly story where we can unabashedly root for a happy ending. Although, if Sofia does go with the original Hans Christian Andersen ending, we could be rooting in vain.


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