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What We Can Expect from Sofia Coppola's 'The Little Mermaid'

By Julia Emmanuele, Hollywood Staff

You can officially count Sofia Coppola among the ranks of directors looking to revamp fairy tales. She's attached to helm a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The film will be based on a script that was, at different points, worked on by both Shame's Abi Morgan and Fifty Shades of Grey's Kelly Marcel, which means that audiences can expect a more adult take on Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale. Although Coppola isn't doing final re-writes on the script - that task will fall to Caroline Thompson, who is best known for writing Edward Scissorhands - the project is practically tailor made for her. Seriously.

A story about a young woman who has everything she could possibly ask for but still isn't happy with her life is exactly the kind of tale that Coppola has built her career on. Add in the fact that her pastel-filtered shooting style makes everything look ethereal and dreamy, and the only real surprise here is why it took Coppola so long to rework a fairy tale in the first place. In fact, we think Coppola is so perfect for this film, that we've compiled a list of her directorial trademarks, and how we're expecting them to show up in The Little Mermaid.

We open on a long, dialogue-free establishing sequence, where we meet our protagonist, the titular Little Mermaid...