Chloë Grace Moretz To Star In Live-Action Adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID
Chloe Moretz is set to play the main character in a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid being produced by Working Title and Universal Pictures. With Disney reimagining all of their fairytales as live-action films, it looks like Universal is going to beat them to punch with The Little Mermaid.
The film will be based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, and the studio is in talks with Richard Curtis (Love Actually) to re-write the script. There are not a lot of details regarding the story for this version of the film, but it will surely follow a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.
Sofia Coppola was attached to direct the movie earlier this year but ended up leaving the project due to creative differences with the studio. The studio has yet to find a replacement. Variety reports that “Coppola’s unwillingness to go with a star like Moretz was her impetus for parting ways with the project.” The report goes on to say that the studio “felt it was smarter to take one more pass at the script with a top-level writer in order to attract the type of talent they want for the project.”
I am curious to see how a studio other than Disney brings this story to life. I’m sure it won’t be as popular without Disney’s magical hand in bringing it to life, but who knows… it might end up surprising people.
What do you think of Moretz taking on the lead role in The Little Mermaid?