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Joe Wright talks about his live-action 'Little Mermaid'

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Image Credit: Disney; Jon Furniss/WireImage.comIt’s official: director Joe Wright (Atonement) is planning a live-action version of The Little Mermaid. The project is still in early development, but don’t expect a Disney-style heroine with a seashell bra and singing fish friends. “F— that,” says Wright, who’s in New York promoting his upcoming thriller Hanna (out April 14). “It’s gonna be the story as Hans Christian Andersen wrote it.”

Of course, that version includes a dark ending in which the mermaid sacrifices herself. Will his film have that part, too? “Yeah, of course,” Wright says, although he’s quick to add that the movie won’t go too far over to the dark side. “Hopefully, it will be a film for all the family. It’s going to have a rating so all the kids can come to it as well.”