“The Little Mermaid” is coming to life and Chloe Grace Moretz is transforming into a redhead beauty to play the role of Ariel.
Moretz confirmed the role via an announcement on her Twitter account. The 18-year-old actress shared that she has waited a long time to tell her followers about the news and that she “can’t wait to show everyone [her] mermaid.”
In a report by Variety, people attached to the upcoming film includes Richard Curtis who is in talks to be the project’s scriptwriter. Also attached are Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title who will serve as producers, and Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger who are set to be executive produce. Meanwhile, Exec VP of Production Erik Baiers and creative executive Chloe Yellin will also be involved for Universal Studios.
In addition, The Huffington Post reported that the movie will be based on Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale, which is “much darker in tone” than the story produced by Disney in its animated adaptation.
The report also mentions that Sophia Coppola was formerly attached to the project as director but left due to “creative differences with the studios.”
Considering that recent films of the Walt Disney Studios, such as “Cinderella” and “Maleficient”, have had live action retelling of their previous animated releases, CNN reports that the announcement of Universal Studios to produce “The Little Mermaid,” “could undermine any plans” the studio may have in producing a live action version of their 1989 hit. Further live action releases that Disney have in the works are “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty in the Beast” who will have Emma Watson as its lead beauty, Belle.
As of present, a release date for “The Little Mermaid” is yet to be revealed since Chloe Grace Moretz is currently at work filming “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising“. She can be seen next in the movie “The 5th Wave” which will hit theaters on January 2016.