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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