6 Reasons We're Looking Forward To The New ‘Little Mermaid' Karen Belz

After seeing The Virgin Suicides at a somewhat young age, I became entranced with Sofia Coppola. The film came out when she was only 28, and that was around the same time her romance with Spike Jonze (so cool!) truly blossomed. Plus, she’s cousins with Jason Schwartzman, as well as Nicholas Cage. I haven’t even mentioned Lost In Translation yet, which brought her the opportunity to be the youngest woman ever to gain an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

If I ever had the chance to meet Sofia, I’d probably embarrass myself by clamming up and saying something like, “So – what did Bill Murray whisper to Scarlett Johansson at the end of that film?” And she’d be like “Uh – Karen, that was open to interpretation, and you’re the billionth person who has asked me this.” Then, upon her abrupt yet reasonable exit, I’d whisper-shout “You’re amazing!” and then marathon her films alone, from the comfort of my own home.

Now, Sofia might do something that’ll make her cooler – which I didn’t even think was possible. Since she’s happily married with children whom she had with husband Thomas Mars, it’d make sense for her next project to be a bit more appropriate for youngsters (and not filled with – you know – a young girl impaling herself on an iron fence.) What’s a better place to start than a live-action version of The Little Mermaid?

While the movie has been talked about for a bit, Sofia just recently replaced Atonement director Joe Wright, who had previously been attached to the film. The project will be softer than her other films, yet it’ll stick to the plot of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. So in short, it’ll be a bit more heartbreaking – and possibly a bit painful, as well. Here’s an exerpt of the synopsis (which is a bit different than the version you’ve probably seen through Disney):

‘The Little Mermaid, longing for the prince and an eternal soul, eventually visits the Sea Witch, who sells her a potion that gives her legs, in exchange for her tongue (as the Little Mermaid has the most intoxicating voice in the world). Drinking the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her, yet when she recovers she will have two beautiful legs, and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, it will constantly feel like she is walking on sharp swords, and her feet will bleed most terribly. In addition, she will only get a soul if the prince loves her and marries her, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries another woman, the Little Mermaid will die brokenhearted and disintegrate into sea foam.’

Oof. Let’s hope the prince realizes what he has, and doesn’t turn our favorite mermaid into a bunch of foam. That being said – here are some reasons as to why this film will be absolutely amazing.

1. We’ve grown up with The Little Mermaid – and we’re ready for her to mature. 

I distinctly remember the Disney film coming out when I was in 3rd grade. Back in 3rd grade, films are a big deal. Every kid in your class has seen the same movies you have. It’s rare for a film to stick with you for so long, but Disney made it happen – probably based on their catchy tunes and strong story lines.

However, as an adult, I realize now that every woman isn’t set up with their Prince Charming. With an adaptation today, it’d be interesting to view a strong woman who might not necessarily land a man so easily – especially based solely on the fact that he’s a “human”.

2. It’s currently being re-written by Carolyn Thompson.

Carolyn Thompson also wrote Edward Scissorhands, which is not only a classic, but an introduction of the wonderful Johnny Depp to many females. She’s actually worked with Tim Burton a few times, and if Tim Burton is known for anything – it’s the presentation of friendly (yet somewhat grim) films to a large audience. Carolyn is a woman to be trusted – not just based on her credentials, but based on the fact that she was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2011 Austin Film Festival.

3. We’re ready for a non-fairy tale ending. 

While I love Disney, I know that they’re somewhat fond of the “princess ends up with the prince” situation.

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With Hans Christian Andersen, the stories are a bit dimmer. And honestly? That might be really good. If this movie is kid-friendly, as I’m lead to believe, it might be a great lesson. In Andersen’s version, Ariel starts out as a quiet, pensive kid. Just like myself. (I would have run away from that weird King-Triton-run pageant, but based on absolute fear! Not boredom, and hair fork discoveries.) While his version had a super grim ending, maybe that’s a relief for your typical heroine in 2014.

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  1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid came out when I was six and I was in love with it! I remember around the same time The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen version) was covered by Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. I don’t remember much about the episode other than how much I didn’t like that she turned into sea foam.

  2. I think this will be a great movie. At least I hope so. The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie but I am definitely willing and yearning to see a version that is a bit more realistic towards the story. If she’s not a redhead, that’s okay with me. It’d be interesting to see maybe a strawberry blonde, or a brunette as a mermaid since an “ideal” mermaid or “ideal” princess is a blonde.

    If it sticks true to the HCA version, it might be a little too much for younger kids though.

  3. No. Just no.

  4. Isla Fisher should have been cast

  5. I’ve strayed away from reading Hellogiggles over the past year because of a disconcern for heteronormative articles and phrasing. For example, when someone writes that Edward Scissorhands was an introduction to Johnny Depp formany FEMALES it alienates a lot of people on multiple levels. For example, Johnny Depp fans that don’t identify as female (men, trans*, or gender queer individuals to name a few) and it also implies that all female identified people crush on the likes of Johnny Depp, which although I certainly do, would make me feel immediately alienated from this article if I were romantically attracted to people other than men. I don’t want to nit pick this single article or it’s lovely author but I do wish Hellogiggles and it’s editors would be more mindful of inclusivity. Xoxo

    • WHY does everything have to turn into an issue if another woman (or man or someone with a different sexual preference or race/religion etc))disagrees. If you don’t like it,you don’t like it. Simple as that!. Everything isn’t an agenda,everything doesn’t have to be psychoanalyzed. Stop making mountains out of mound hills.. Its a movie. *sigh*

  6. Okay so as much as I love singing along to Part of Your World and Poor Unfortunate Souls, I too am ready for a non-fairytale ending.

  7. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS.

    Gina Vaynshteyn | 3/21/2014 08:03 am
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