Sofia Coppola will direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid
. The filmmaker has reportedly set her sights on Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairy tale as her next project after 2013's The Bling Ring
and is in negotiations to bring the classic children's story to life on the big screen. Fans shouldn't expect a repeat of Disney's bubblegum 1989 cartoon version, however. Coppola is planning a darker version in keeping with the original 1837 story, which sees the broken-hearted Little Mermaid commit suicide after the Prince marries another woman.
The new Universal Pictures/Working Title production is to be based on a script
by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands
), which was originally drafted by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks
) and Abi Morgan (Shame
). Coppola is taking over from Atonement
helmer Joe Wright, who was originally on board to direct, and intends to ''move quickly'' with the project. The director has young daughters Romy and Cosima with her husband, Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars, and is said to want to make a movie which her children can appreciate.