Live-Action Little Mermaid to Be Helmed by Sofia Coppola

UPDATED 03/19/2014 at 09:45 AM EDT Originally published 03/19/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

Sofia Coppola to Direct 'Little Mermaid' Live-Action Adaptation
Sofia Coppola
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Well, Ariel does know a thing or two about being Lost in Translation.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct Universal's live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid.

Joe Wright, best known for Atonement and other period films starring Keira Knightley, had been previously attached to direct.

The Little Mermaid marks a departure from the adult themes of Coppola's previous films, which include Lost in Translation, Somewhere, Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring.

THR also reports that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. We can only hope that a live-action The Great Mouse Detective, starring Bradley Cooper in eight pounds of prosthetics, will follow.

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