Sofia Coppola in talks to direct a live-action 'Little Mermaid'

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She might be best known for her quiet, lyrical portraits of loneliness and privilege, but Sofia Coppola is looking at a very different type of film. EW confirmed Tuesday that the Lost in Translation and Bling Ring director is in talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Deadline first reported the news.

The Universal Pictures and Working Titles film is still in the script phase, according to the report. Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands scribe Caroline Thompson is at work on a rewrite. Previous versions were written by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Abi Morgan (Shame).

Coppola has directed five features since debuting with The Virgin Suicides in 1999. She’s also written all of her projects, and scored an Oscar win for Lost in Translation. It would be a departure for her to work off of someone else’s script.

Andersen’s 1837 story has been adapted for the stage and screen many times — the most popular of which is Disney’s 1989 animated musical. Anna Karenina and Atonement director Joe Wright was previously in talks for the project, but he’s found his own fairy tale adaption in Pan.

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