With Disney continuing to bring their biggest movies to the big screen afresh as live-action outings, Variety are reporting that Working Title and Universal are getting in on the action with Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Moretz, has signed on as Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
And it seems that Love Actually’s Richard Curtis in talks to pen the script with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner producing and Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger executive producing.
This version will most likely be based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, which follows a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning, similar to Disney’s popular version.
“Earlier this year, director Sofia Coppola left the project after creative differences with the studios. Since the project is not yet dated, execs felt it was smarter to take one more pass at the script with a top-level writer in order to attract the type of talent they want for the project.
“Moretz had been the frontrunner for the role even while Coppola was still attached; some insiders point to Coppola’s unwillingness to go with a star like Moretz as her impetus for parting ways with the project. Following Coppola’s exit, the studio still wanted Moretz for the role but did not want to make it official until a writer was attached to pen the final pass at the script.”
We’ll keep you all up-to-date with info as and when we get it…