Now she is negotiating to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale
Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands") is rewriting the script for Universal Pictures; previous drafts were penned by Kelly Marcel ("Fifty Shades of Grey") and Abi Morgan (
The aforementioned names suggest that this treatment of "The Little Mermaid" will be darker and more grown-up than the beloved Disney animated musical from 1989. It could well be closer in tone to Andersen's original tale, in which the mermaid's Faustian bargain to live on land risks her dying brokenhearted and dissolving into sea foam if her prince marries another.
If that's indeed the case, this new take on "The Little Mermaid" would join the list of new live-action films approaching fairy tales (and other stories popularized by Disney animated movies) from more mature angles. Disney has "Maleficent," an inversion of
Warner Bros., meanwhile, has its own plans for a Peter Pan film, "Pan," to be helmed, as luck would have it, by Wright.
Previous studio efforts to retell such stories have been a mixed bag, as