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Sofia Coppola, director of The Virgin Suicides, The Bling Ring and Lost in Translation, will direct a live-action version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid.

Screenwriter Abi Morgan submitted a script and said at the time that the story was “so beautiful and exquisite and painful, so we absolutely have to have the original ending”, in which the mermaid sacrifices herself for love.

However, Now Tim Burton-favourite Caroline Thompson, who wrote Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, has been drafted onto the pre-production.

Deadline reports that with Coppola on board, the “intention is to move quickly”. This may mark a notable departure from the more adult themes of her previous work, or this may mean we'll be seeing a darker, mature fantasy take on the classic tale. How much will the story stray from the classic animat


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