The Little Mermaid Getting TWO Movie Adaptations

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Disney fairytales are hot these days! The Little Mermaid will join Snow White as Hollywood’s next property for studios to competively adapt to SEVERAL different live-action versions.

So what’s next?

Sleeping Beauty? Aladdin? The Big Green? Ha!

Shana Feste, the writer and director of Country Strong, is working with Sony Pictures on an adaptation of Carolyn Turgeon‘s Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale.

She’s not a alone! Joe Wright, the director of Atonement and Hanna, is ALSO developing a live-action feature based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s version of the fairytale.

The official synopsis for Shana Feste’s mermaid flick reads as follows:

“When Lenia, a young mermaid princess, rescues a man from a shipwreck and carries him to shore, her selfless act is witnessed by Princess Margrethe, who is staying in a convent nearby for protection from the war her father is fighting against another kingdom. The shipwrecked young man├óΓé¼Γäós name is Christopher, and in the weeks that he├óΓé¼Γäós nursed back to health at the convent, he and Margrethe fall in love├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥but it├óΓé¼Γäós not until after he leaves that Margrethe discovers he├óΓé¼Γäós the prince from the kingdom her family is at war with.

Meanwhile, in the sea Lenia is suffering; she fell in love with Christopher in the moments she carried him to shore, so she makes a deal with the sea witch: in exchange for her voice and tongue she receives a potion that changes her into human form. Margrethe comes up with a plan of her own: she├óΓé¼Γäóll be offered in marriage to Christopher, thus uniting the kingdoms and putting an end to the years of conflict between the two lands. But when Margrethe arrives, ready to win and wed her prince, she finds him enraptured with a beautiful woman who looks very familiar. Margrethe is sure she├óΓé¼Γäós seen her before├óΓé¼┬ª”

Mermaid vs. mermaid? That could be inneresting!

We can’t wait to hear more details about Joe Wright’s version so we can make an informed decision about which one we’re more excited to see!

Do U think two Little Mermaid adaptations are better than one or should Hollywood try to be a little more original?

May 23, 2011 7:52pm PDT

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