Hans Christian Andersonâs The Little Mermaid is best known in cinematical terms these days as the Disney musical featuring singing crabs and a happy-go-lucky undersea princess who wins the heart of the human prince she loves. But if Working Title and Atonement/The Soloist director Joe Wright have any say in the matter, a very different version will be headed for our screens.
The production company and the director are teaming up for the first ever English-language live action take on the tale, which will follow the young mermaidâs quest to give up her life under the ocean to live with the human she falls for.
Though chances are it could harken back to the darker themes of Andersonâs original 1837 plot, weâre not sure itâll delve too far, since Wrightâs take will be inspired by a childrenâs puppet theatre production staged by the Little Angel Company in London.
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