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Because you asked for it – Sony is putting a dark spin on “The Little Mermaid”

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
May 23rd, 2011

Wait, you didn't ask for it? What's that...no one did? Well, someone needs to inform the suits in Hollywood, because apparently they are under the impression that what people want is dark takes on...well, everything. Dark comic book adaptations, dark spins on kid's shows, and now the latest trend; dark retellings of fairy tales. We've heard about the likes of a dark Peter Pan coming our way and now it seems Sony will be giving us a dark spin on Hans Christian Andersens’ The Little Mermaid. Why do I get the overwhelming feeling of a Little Mermaid/Prince/Lobster love triangle is upon us?

The studio has optioned the rights to Carolyn Turgeon's Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale for Shana Feste (COUNTRY STRONG) to write and direct. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book centers around "a princess who, in order to save her ravaged kingdom, sets out on a dangerous journey to marry the prince of her rival kingdom, not knowing that a beautiful mermaid has fallen for the same man and has sacrificed everything to be with him."

Told you. Love triangle. And a female director to boot. This seems like an obvious ploy to catch the TWILIGHT crowd in their nets, a la RED RIDING HOOD and the trio of Snow White retellings. We'll be sure to let you know when Evan Rachel Wood gets cast.

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  • https://melissaleilanilarson.com Melissa Leilani Larson

    A dark spin? That’s pretty dark, considering how grim (pun intended) Andersen’s original story is. Aren’t most fairy tales dark in their original forms? Meant to frighten children into being good.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com JamesWallace

    Oh, absolutely they are! But I was more referring to the new trend of “Hollywood dark.” In other words, dark as a gimmick in an attempt to reach the “Hot Topic crowd” and create this obsessive fandom around it vs using it as a story telling device as you are referring to. 

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