Atonement director Joe Wright thinks “it’s better down where it’s wetter.” Those of us itching for a little ’80s nostalgia at the box office, will be pleased to learn that The Little Mermaid is headed back to theaters. And this time, Ariel’s getting more than human legs — she’s making the movie from animated to live-action.
Wright is reportedly working on a The Little Mermaid live-action flick. However, instead of adapting Disney’s 1989 cinema gem, the lensman will stage his Mermaid after Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale — the same story which inspired Ariel’s animated adventure. The tone of Wright’s mermaid is also expected to be much darker.
Guess that means we can forget about wicked sea witches and calypso-singing crabs?
While Andersen’s tale has been adapted numerous times since its introduction; in the form of a stage musical, a comic book, a 1976 Russian live-action film, and a 2005 Danish ballet, Wright’s take will be the first live-action English-language adaptation of The Little Mermaid.