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OTRC: Sofia Coppola to direct 'The Little Mermaid' live-action film?

Sofia Coppola appears at an after party for the premiere of 'The Monuments Men' at the Metropolitan Club in New York on Feb. 4, 2014. It was reported on March 18 that she is in talks to direct a live-action film adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid.' (Dave Allocca / Startraksphoto.com)

This is neat stuff!

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action film adaptation of "The Little Mermaid," Deadline reported on Tuesday, March 18. The director, who helmed the 2013 teen heist movie "The Bling Ring" and the 2003 film "Lost in Translation" (for which she won an Oscar for screenwriting), has not commented.

The "Little Mermaid" story was, of course, made famous via an animated 1989 Disney film and is based on a classic 1837 Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about a mermaid who makes a deal with a sea witch to be human after she falls in love with one (spoiler alert -- the original version features a much less joyous ending and no Dinglehoppers).

According to the Deadline report, Caroline Thompson is rewriting the "Little Mermaid" movie script. She had penned screenplays for movies such as Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride" as well as the 1991 "Addams Family" big-screen adaptation and the 1993 heartwarming dog (and cat) flick "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey."

Live-action productions of "The Little Mermaid" have been made before, but never on film. JoAnna Garcia Swisher played Ariel, Disney's Little Mermaid in ABC's fantasy-drama series "Once Upon A Time" last year (see a PHOTO of her at the 'Little Mermaid" attraction in Disneyland), while Pam Dawber played the Hans Christian Anderson version of the character in a 1987 episode of the show "Faerie Tale Theatre." In 2008, Disney produced a Broadway musical of "The Little Mermaid" that ran for a year and a half.

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