The Little Mermaid lands screenwriter

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 June 2013
Joe Wright

Joe Wright

Joe Wright's live action version of classic fairytale 'The Little Mermaid' is going to be written by Kelly Marcel

'The Little Mermaid' live action reboot has landed a screenwriter.

The fairytale favourite will be brought to life by newly-appointed scribe Kelly Marcel, who has also recently also been tasked with the far less family friendly project of adapting E.L. James' erotic novel '50 Shades Of Grey'.

Abi Morgan ('Shame') has already penned a first draft of the film's script, based on The Little Angel Theatre Company's puppet production of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale, is reporting.

'The Little Mermaid', best known in the shape of its Walt Disney animated version, tells the story of mermaid Ariel who disobeys her father by striking a deal with sea witch Ursula to become human - in exchange for her beautiful voice. The mute beauty then attempts to win the heart of handsome Prince Eric before her villainous rival works her charms on him.

'Atonement' director Wright is teaming up with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to make the first ever English-language live action version of the story.

The film has been in the works since 2010, when Wright was working on action flick 'Hanna'. It is likely to be closer to Anderson's original 1837 plot, which was far more dark than Disney's 1989 musical version.

The Little Mermaid

  • 1989
  • US
  • 1h 23min
  • U
  • Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson

Disney's ginger princess rejects her life under the sea to walk on land among the human people, including one Prince Eric.

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