Image Credit: Disney; Francis Danby/The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty ImagesHere’s a bit of news making waves today: Variety reports that director Joe Wright is at work on a live-action version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Little Mermaid. But before you start humming “Under the Sea,” consider this: Wright is the guy behind hard-hitting dramas like Atonement and The Soloist. On top of that, Andersen’s original telling of the story was less about singing crabs than it was about, say, soul-crushing existential dread. (Actual quote: “The little mermaid leaned her white arms on the edge of the vessel, and looked towards the east for the first blush of morning, for that first ray of dawn that would bring her death.”) Our suspicion? This new Mermaid might have one seriously angsty Ariel.
Personally, I’m excited to see Wright’s take on the material. I’ll never stop loving the Disney version, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a new interpretation that keeps a little closer to the creepy, gothic tone of the original story. But what do you think, PopWatchers? Let us know in the poll below!