Sofia Coppola's 'Little Mermaid' Will Seriously Shake Up Things Under the Sea

Sofia Coppola If you're a movie nerd, then I have deeply exciting news for you. Sofia Coppola has signed onto Working Title's production of The Little Mermaid. Everybody take a moment to squeal and run around their office and/or home in small, concentric circles. I'll be waiting. We back? Good. Let's talk about how great this truly is.

There isn't a whole lot of intel about the movie at this time, but that hasn't stopped folks from freaking out -- and rightly so! Normally, I'm not all about remakes in any way, shape, or form, especially not of flicks I adored as a youth. But for a project helmed by Coppola, I will gladly make an exception. So, you know, she can rest easy.

If you're still doubtful about the remake, I can understand that. Sometimes remakes blow nards (with respect to Michael Keaton, I'm looking at you, Robocop). But this movie has so, so, so much going for it. Here are 5 reasons we're psyched about it.

1. A Lady Director!

You know what there aren't a lot of? Successful, commercially recognized female directors in Hollywood. Don't believe me? Go ahead and name three. Yup. Exactly.

2. Sofia Knows Off-Beat Love Stories

If you've seen Lost in Translation, you know that Sofia is no stranger to navigating the strange waters (Little Mermaid pun-alert) of an off-beat love story. Sure, Bill Murray didn't have a fin -- but it still counts.

3. She Ain't Afraid of Being Girly Either

If you haven't seen Marie Antoinette, get off of the Internet and go do it right now. If you have, then you know that Sofia loves her some pink and fluffy displays of excess. She can totally handle this.

4. Caroline Thompson Is Writing It

You've probably never heard of Caroline Thompson -- but you've seen the movies she's written. Edward Scissorhands and The Corpse Bride are her scripts: The woman knows her fairy tales.


How can you not be excited by something that features mermaids?! It is impossible. Because mermaids are great and wear seashells for bras and usually have amazing hair -- #yourargumentisinvalid.

Who would you like to see cast in a Little Mermaid remake?


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LeeshaE LeeshaE

There are many female directors, sure there are more men directors but its a man world. I don't say this down grade women one bit, in fact here's a wiki link to all the female directors, Also I think Sofia rides her daddy's coat tails a bit she had full access to Versailles for Marie Antoinette and got the rights to The Virgin Suicides when no one else could, when she'd never directed a film.

nonmember avatar Mai

I am thinking "meh" unless they actually follow the original little mermaid story instead of the disney-fied version.

hexxuss hexxuss

I'd like to see a remake that sticks to the ORIGINAL Little Mermaid story.  Not exactly a happy ending. ;-)

lalab... lalaboosh

I think this will probably be awesome if the writer of The Corpse Bride is writing it. Even though it had a happy ending it was still tragic how the story ended for one of thechacharacters. In fact, the character meets her end in a similar way to the mermaid.

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