Now this I'm excited about. With all the old animated Disney films being turned into live-action films nowadays, of course they have to do it for The Little Mermaid too! Universal has signed the brilliant and adorable Chloe Grace Moretz as Ariel in its live-action adaption of the film. Not much is known at this time about Universal's version of the film, which centers on a mermaid who forgoes the sea and desires to become human after falling in love with a prince she saved from drowning. Thus, a sea witch convinces her to trade her voice for being human.
However, since it isn't being made by Disney, it'll likely be different from the original animated film, though some have said that they'll follow the Disney story. The original film was inspired by, but much more family-friendly than, the 1837 Danish fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Who knows, maybe they'll make it more like the original Danish story, which was very dark - as most original Disney stories are. Or maybe they'll make it all their own.
Sofia Coppola was original set to direct, but she left the project due to creative differences. No one has been signed as the new director as of yet. Richard Curtis is set to polish the script, which others had already worked on but didn't make a final version of. Curtis previously wrote Love Actually, About Time, Notting Hill, Bean, and many others, the first two of which he also directed. Set to produce are Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who work for Working Title, while Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will be the executive producers.
Currently, Moretz recently finished shooting four films (she sure is a busy girl!), including:
- Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which is in post-production and will be released in May 2016
The 5th Wave, an adventure/sci-fi/thriller film adaption of the book by the same name, which will be released in January 2016
- November Criminals, a crime-drama with Ansel Elgort set to be released in 2016 (no specified date yet)
- Brain on Fire, a drama and biography based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn set for 2016 (again, no specified date yet) - Moretz recently starred in Dark Places, also based on a novel by Flynn
Moretz has a lot on her plate, but she seems to love it. She's a very talented actress and I think she'll be perfect for The Little Mermaid, not to mention she'd look great with red hair!