'The Little Mermaid' to get a dark remake
May 24th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

'The Little Mermaid' to get a dark remake

The Little Mermaid is returning to the big screen and this time around, things will get a bit turbulent under the sea.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, actor Tobey Maguire is producing a dark version of the Hans Christian Andersen story based on Carolyn Turgeon's book "Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale."

The movie, to be scripted by "Country Strong" filmmaker Shana Feste, will tell the story of Margrethe, a princess who schemes to marry Prince Christophe in order to unite their warring kingdoms and save her ravaged people.

The problem? Christophe has already fallen for Princess Lenia, a mermaid who has sacrificed her voice, the sea and her health to be with him. While Christophe is unaware that Lenia is a mermaid, Margrethe makes it her mission to send the girl back to the sea.

A release date and cast have not yet been announced for the movie. Stay tuned!

Who would you like to see as the Little Mermaid? Tell us in a comment below.

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    April 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bree

    plus tim burton and disney should pair up for this as well!!!!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lauren

    The mermaid should be called mia!

    June 23, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pheobe

    I think that the mermaid should be alicia keys as she has a beautiful voice and I think it would be amazing if she had a different ethnicity (sorry wasn't sure how to describe the ethnicity) but she is really pretty and would make a great mermaid:)<3

    June 23, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I like the porn version better.....Ariel takes on 50 Black guys for creampie after creampie.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ivy topaz

    well i personally think THAT THIS WILL BE AN FACKING AWSOME MOVIE!!!!!!!! Tim Burton should direct. AND GEMMA WARD SHOULD BE THE MERMAID OR I WOULD GO WITH SAORISE RONAN AS THE MERMAID SHE LOOKS LIKE ONE OR THEY CHOULD DO A CASTING FOR NORWEIGIAN EUROPEAN GIRLS TO PLAY LENIAA THE MERMAID!!! for margreth i think they should go with dark hair white skin girl like kristen stewart type and for chritophe an english hottie or hayden chritensen!!! this movie should have high fashion costumes like medieval modern really alexander mcqueen slash jean paul gaultiere tytype really fantasy and awsome makeup also the scenery has to be awsome glow in the dark in norway or denmark this has to be an awsomeeeee movie!!

    June 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bree

      i think megan fox would be great but i dont know if she sings lol! taylor swift would be great bc shes young and viberbrant on young pop/country! love to see her put to the test! plus would get alot of veiwers at the box office!

      April 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. moraina bullock

    here's my opinion no old people not angelina, not scarlette not cameron
    nobody in their 40's sheesh those be some old princess yeesh
    no old actor's

    here's my opinion
    christopher – zac efron or hayden christian
    lenia – amanda seyfried or emma stone
    margrethe – emma watson or ashely tisdale
    seawitch – kristen stewart

    November 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. New Girl

    Selena Gomez for the mermaid.
    another Disney star or someone really pretty to play the prince guy(drew Seely)
    evil witch ummm jane lynch or natalie portman

    November 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    Tim Burton should direct.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chad

    Emma stone!!

    August 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. christy

    Ariana Grande should be the little mermaid(:

    August 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cindy rogoz

    Paris Hilton should play the little mermaid due to her having the most perfect mermaid body

    June 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. I would love it!

    If done well, this could turn out to be a great movie. Also, it might motivate other directors to re-make other princess stories into more adult-like movies (Ever After was a good Cinderella re-make). This would ROCK!

    June 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Michelle

    Deborah Ann Woll... if we are looking for a ginger... otherwise, Bryce Dallas Howard would be awesome, but a little obvious. Just no matter what, do not put Kristen Stewart or Selena Gomez near this, as a matter of fact, don't even tell them about it!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. BPBlizzard

    Sorry Nunya, Disney's movies are fairy tales of fairy tales which either don't end happily or have blood and gore. I think they were life lessons of the time period.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bpblizzard

    Isla Fisher as the Mermaid

    It will be nice to see a fairy tale closer to its true "darkside". The closest thing I've ever seen is "Into the Woods" when Cinderella is show in its full gory splendor.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Nunya

    They should NOT remake the awesome Disney movie!!! If they remake this one, whats next? Remaking Disneys Peter Pan? Beauty and the Beast? The Jungle Book??? GEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sneaking viper

      It really saddens me to see how many people in here actually think that Disney is creating something new and not just stealing old fairy tales and changing the ending.
      Little Red riding hood – French, there is no grandmother or wood cutter saving her, she dies
      The little mermaid – Danish, the mermaid drowns and is sent into punishment for 300 years, as foam.
      Snow white – Grimm, No kiss that wake her, the queen is tortured to death, and necrophilea (since its grimm)
      Sleeping beauty – Grimm again, and again not a kiss, but being raped while dead wake her.
      Cinderella – Strabo and Grimm, fairly similar, but far more bloody.
      And I could go on.. amazed that these are not studied in school anymore or at all in US.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branden

      RIGHT?!?! And in the original Little Mermaid, didn't she get her tounge chopped off? I remember Cinderella's step mother made her daughters chop off their toes and heals to try and fit into the glass slipper. And the queen in Snow White had to like dance in red hot poker shoes until she died, or something, right? I would love to see the original stories of these put into a movie! Snow White and The Huntsman, SUCKED!! I only went to see it because I love Charlize Theron! But her death was anti climatic! And it was like a freakin lord of the rings movie!

      July 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Cindy

    I think that this could be an excellent movie! My choice for the Mermaid would be Amy Adams. She's beautiful, she can act, and she has the voice!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  22. die hard

    what about mila kunis...spell check the name lol

    June 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. THX

    I'd see it.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Timmy

    If Christina Hendricks plays the mermaid I`ll go see it twice!

    June 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Laure

    Hey BeckFastPaws, Disney DID do a version of Romeo and Juliet, as well as Hamlet! The Lion King was their delving into Shakespeare by making the original film their version of Hamlet, and the sequel (the one with Simba's daughter, Kiara) is their version of Romeo and Juliet. And yes, happy ending, the only people who die are the villians.

    But anyhew, I think Bryce Dallas Howard would be the perfect mermaid! ya, I know, she was kind of one in Lady In The Water, but she just has that aire about her that makes you believe 24/7 she HAS to be some mystical being from the sea.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Megan Fox

    mmmmm Megan Fox in a bikini top and a tail. Perfect mermaid

    June 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. liskd

    The ideal musical score for this movie has already been written, in 1903, by the composer Alexander Zemlinsky, in his lush orchestral tone-poem Die Seejanfrau-"The Mermaid". This film would definitely be served well to draw from it.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. DanielPaulo

    I know shes not an actress but.. LADY GAGA! I think she would make a good mermaid, with all the funky clothes she wears, she such a fantasy in herself that woman, so I could imagine her playing a fantasy role as this 🙂

    June 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. VineyardHouse

    There is really no other choice... Betty White!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  30. jayman419

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the girl trying to save her kingdom. Dakota Fanning as the speechless mermaid (I bet she'd still steal her scenes). Aaron Johnson (or Dev Patel) as the prince.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. Bridget

    Rose Hunting Whiteley- But we will see if she can act first in transformer but she looks like a mermaid to me

    June 8, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  32. Shay

    Well, it's gotta be a broad with a nice rack throughout the film. None of this "my hair is always on my b00bs" stuff.

    June 5, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  33. shmack

    amy adams, plz

    June 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Amy

    The girl that played the mermaid in the new Pirates movie.....that would be interesting since the mermaids in that movie were dark anyway and she did an excellent job.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. shabaz

    Bryce Dallas Howard? As the little Mermaid??? What are you on Amanda Seyfried more like...

    June 3, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  36. colette

    Bill Murray!

    June 2, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  37. Bob

    Jenna Jameson

    May 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Liqmaticus

    I think there should be a Disney version of "Pulp Fiction".

    May 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Rachel Mcadams!

    Hi my name is Kaylee and I think Rachel Mcadams needs to be the mermaid, she has a mermaid face, she can pull off red hair which isnt common ....and is a great actress. She would be 100% perfect for this movie. So many would go just to see her. I hope to hear that she atleast trys out for the part.

    May 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jerrod webb

    Michelle tratchenberg

    May 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. CoofeNorkisse


    May 28, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  42. Britt

    Oh my gosh I really want to see this!!

    May 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  43. This is going to suck

    this gonna suck because Disney Pixar created the mermaid She isn't supposed to be EMO THIS IS GONNA SUCK POOR LITTLE KIDS WILL BE AFRAID OF THE MERMAID!!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      Disney adapted the Hans Christian Anderson story 6 years before Pixar ever released a film. In the original story, the Little Mermaid fails, dissolves into the ocean, and has to serve 300 years in order to earn a soul. Every time a child misbehaves, she cries, and every tear adds a year to her service. But before any of that happens, the prince makes her dance almost constantly, even though her new legs cause her terrible pain, the prince tells her that he won't betray her and then does when he thinks some other girl is the one who rescued him... I could go on, but trust me, behind every Disney story there is a terrible (as in the Old Testament meaning of the word) story out of copyright somewhere.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  44. mhyatt

    Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!Mila Kunis!!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  45. hey

    Bryce Dallas Howard

    May 27, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jo

    I agree with everyone here that the original story should be made into a film. The original story was nothing like the Disney version and it was already a little dark. No need for a "twisted" version. It's unlikely I'll see it.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Keiffer

    Allisa Milano... her face was the inspiration for the disney animated Ariel... she would be awesome in a darker version of that role

    May 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Schadenfreude

    Felicia Day gets my vote!

    May 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Donna

    gemma arterton!!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  50. sidney

    I would like to see Felicia Day as the little murmaid.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  51. Sandi

    1) Raquel Castro (Jersey Girl's Gerti) would make a a beautiful mermaid.
    2) Taylor Swift
    3) Selena Gomez could be a serious mermaid.
    4) Brittany Martinez (facebook–beautiful eyes....)

    May 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Curt

    This is NOT The Little Mermaid. It is a completely different movie where the mermaid isn't even the lead character. As we learned from Pirates of the Caribbean, mermaids are violent and dangerous, more like vampires. I hope this prince figures that out before it's too late.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  53. HMG

    Its funny everyone has said oh Disney would never do a dark.....they turn everything into fairy tale ever afters...which yes they have happy endings but theres a running theme of parents killed off parents...theres not one Disney princess who has both parents......even Bambi's mom got capped!

    May 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Unruellie

    Anne Hathaway has a very little mermaid look

    May 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  55. David

    This is going to suck all kinds of balls.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Call Football Sucks

    this would be a great story for Tim Burton to do..

    May 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Joe

    Personally, I love the Disney film, the original story and the more accurate anime from the 1970s. However, this sounds a bit far fetched- because in the original story, the girl the prince marries is not set against the mermaid, and neither is the sea witch.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. elisha

    Emma Stone, Frances Bean Cobain, the new girl from Alice in Wonderland, or Dianna Agron. Is it going to have singing? I hope it has some singing. If so they should go w Leah Michelle. I also hope that they stay away from the generic lovelies like Alba... Find somebody a bit newer that can give us something we havent seen before! Give us someone thats not already everywhere in the feature film industry! POR FAVOR!! lol

    May 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  59. sage

    nooo nooo kate winslet...she's beautiful. Id most deff. see this if she was in it:)

    May 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  60. NIck


    May 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Sarah

    Not sure about the little mermaid, but I think Tim Burton should be the director!!! ...and maybe Johnny Depp as the prince?

    May 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Sarah

      How about you just shoot me know. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton? They can ruin any movie in a minute. Try coming up with an original thought for a change or is your tiny little brain too slow to do that?

      May 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Definitely Evan Rachel Wood as the mermaid. She's gothic enough to play the role.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jaclyn

    This I'm excited to see. Honestly, TLM was one of my favorite Disney tales going up, but it is not what it was supposed to be. I do not in the least bit consider this a "remake" knowing what disney does to all its tales, whether they are Grimm tales (yes, I know they didn't write them and just compiled them, but they gained them noteriety) or any others. I'm interested in getting this book, too, even though it may not be the original. It sounds fascinating.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Elvin

    Rose McGowan is perfect. Her pale skin and her red hair (if she still has it) if not she looks amazing with red hair so she'd be perfect for the character.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Harve

    Okay, let's get more realistic. Elle Fanning would be the idea Little Mermaid. Jessica Alba would be idea for the the other girl's part.

    May 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Treva

    why didn't Hines get a blog after he WON DWTS?? You all have been shoving it down out throats all season but he doesn't get ANY acknowlegdment when he won?? There would have been 3 stories in Kirstie had won. Why the snub??

    May 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jeremy

    Bryce Dallas Howard

    May 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mermaid Fan

    Felicia Day
    Felicia Day
    Felicia Day

    May 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  69. cck

    Emily Browning – great face and she can sing...also, love the idea of a dark Little Mermaid – it was how the original was meant to be, as with many other old children's fairy tales...never liked Disney 'dress-up'

    May 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  70. Fabz

    That Guidance Counselor from GLEE with the big Eyes.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  71. Ariel is old

    Leah MIchelle has the voice? Who says there is going to be singing?

    May 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  72. beenz

    How about Emma Stone?

    May 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  73. Steve

    Duh! Daryl Hannah!!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  74. Samantha

    I'd vote for Evan Rachel Wood or Rose McGowan.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  75. Ehling


    May 25, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  76. THOMAS

    Lea Michelle from Glee. She has the voice

    May 25, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  77. hippie in disguise

    Lady Gaga

    May 25, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  78. CG

    Dark is the original story of The Little Mermaid (the first one I read as a kid) where the prince didn't love her, and given the choice between killing the prince or herself, she chose death. Thanks to Disney, most little girls grow up with the fairytale–it's better anyway.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      I don't think it's better that girls get the sanitized version of fairy tales. The sadness and fear, repercussions and disappointment that were incorporated into the original tales were instructive for children. They reflect real life. Besides, kids love a bit of the dark side int heir stories.

      As for this remake, I would be much more interested if Tim Burton had a hand in it. The female lead has to be a fragile, pale, young woman with translucent skin, but i wouldn't go with the standard watery blonde. How about Eva Green? Or Emily Blunt? Both of these women have the ability to look slightly unwell-yet-beutiful in that Victorian vapors kind of way. Please, please don't choose Natalie Portman.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  79. miss t

    Hannah Fraser I think would be excellent! Just look her up.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Da Littlest Mermaid


    May 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  81. @N

    disney sucks i always prefered nickelodeon.disney guys are g@y.ex. jonas brothers.the good thing bout nick is they arent so crazy bout gettin theier characters faces on a cheap crappy shirts.they mite do it but not very much.nick also gots lots of other channels.& best of nick is 1 in childerns programs.wat happended to older disney?all disney is bout now is bein everywhere which is annoyin.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitale

      You really need to learn how to write a more educated answer....and also spell. Idiot.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Debra

    Rachel McAdams.... she's got the cuteness to be a mermaid!

    May 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Amazingly Enough

    She'll be an expert in the martial arts, carry two .45cal autos and sleep with everything that walks or swims in order to get her way. Now that's good movie making!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  84. andiyoureastar

    anyone but kstew....anyone!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Superhiro

    Keep them remakes rolling I guess 😐

    May 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Erin

    How is it a "dark" remake when the fairy tale itself is dark? Disney and children's storybooks are the reason it is known as a cute little fairytale with singining/dancing fish and "true love" conquering evil.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • hehe101

      The real story isn't even about "true love"! The mermaid has to get a human prince to fall in love with her so that she can gain a human soul. Manipulation isn't something disney wants to teach to little kids.

      May 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tattletale

    1-Jessica Biel
    2-Anna Frasier (she is actually a "real"mermaid model)
    3-Sarah Paxton (with Daryll Hanna as her mom, well, if she still looks normally aging, not all botox-inflated and deformed)
    4-Jessica Alba
    5-Queen latifa or Angelina Jolie as the witch
    6-Amanda Siegfried
    7-have no idea! LOL

    May 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Beautiful Vixen

    Foam / sea foam..w tf..lol.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  89. the lepps

    osama bin laden since he is already swimming with the fishys

    May 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. the lepps

    oprah she aint doing s*#t anymore

    May 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • StevieRay

      Yes, Oprah only runs an entire Television Network! I'll bet she has LOTS of free time! ???

      June 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  91. YOUBRO


    May 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Vietnam

    Dakota Fanning

    May 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |


    May 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  94. eatapeach10

    ...still love Darryl Hannah from the "Splash" era!

    May 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  95. jillmarie

    Alyssa Milano's face was used a a basis for Ariel, the cartoon. I think she's a great choice to be the mermaid!

    May 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  96. EBaker

    Points that many seem to be missing: 1) The Little Mermaid was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen – not Disney, and not the brothers Grimm (who actually *collected* their fairy tales from spoken tradition.)
    2) The original ending was not happy: The mermaid was told she could get her tail back if she stabbed the prince in the heart and let his blood wash over her feet before dawn. If she didn't, she would dissolve into sea foam.
    3) Disney is notorious for messing with classics. I challenge the person who said that Disney movies should never be remade or rewritten to read the original Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  97. Ted

    Gorsh. I probably shouldnt take my kids to see it.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  98. nina

    too bad they don't make the actual story Anderson wrote, it was dark already – and telling it from the POV of the human princess isn't at all dark, her intention and motivation is actually pretty pure


    May 24, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  99. Kessie

    Didn't the memaid die in the origional anyway? Turn into foam or whatnot? Of course Disney would never make that into the movie...

    May 24, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • hehe101

      She turned into what I think is some kind of Angel creature and floats around with a bunch of other spirits. It's rather depressing actually.

      May 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Yes, she turned into sea foam and her spirit floats around waiting for enough children to be good little boys and girls... then she will be able to go to heaven. Seriously, that's how it ends. In the Hans Christian Andersen setting, mermaids can't go to heaven because they don't have human souls... but there's apparently a loophole if enough kids are good Christians and obey their parents.

      It's the "moral of the story" at the end. Strange, but rather interesting.

      May 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  100. simplicityjones

    If anyone has ever read the true story not a-la-Disney the story ends tragically. The mermaid turns into sea foam. It would be cool of the fairytale finally ends with it's Grimm original ending.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • DaisyKenyon

      It would be even better with a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale ending, since he wrote the original, not the brothers Grimm. Just saying.

      May 24, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • hehe101

      Not to mention that the only reason the mermaid in the original HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN was to get human soul.

      May 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kinda sad

      Yes, exactly! I would LOVE to see a movie that stays true to the original story. The anime version was the first one I saw and was kind of disappointed to the approach Disney took...but, it's Disney so they gotta be all positive and stuff.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  101. The Mad R@p3r

    Under the CNN blog/there'll be no realization/just a trolling sensation/under the CNN blogggg

    May 24, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  102. Allison

    Disney Movies should never be remade, or rewritten.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      You do realize that "The Little Mermaid" is not an original Disney story, right? And that nearly every Disney film is a remake of some other story...?

      May 24, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DaisyKenyon

      Disney's animated film version from 1989 was at the least, the SEVENTH dramatic version including two American television versions...so, I think the whole remake argument is a moot point. Just saying.

      May 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail Snail

      Hey Bigg Steve, the original story is by Hans Christian Anderson, not the Brothers Grimm.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      ...and Disney skipped some of the darker elements, like each step on her newfound feet being like a step on razors. A lot of what the real story is about is counting the cost. Sounds like this might be closer to the original.

      May 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lhehe101

      Yeah, but "The Little Mermaid" isn't a Brother's Grimm story. It was written by danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

      May 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kinda sad

      Not to mention....the HCA original didn't have a happy ending.....not for the mermaid anyway.

      May 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      i totallly agree with you. they should just be left alone

      May 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      Does everyone get that Disney's The Little Mermaid is a) NOT the original, and b) not remotely accurate to the real story? It's a Disney adaptation and does what a Disney adaptation should do (make it all neat and pretty and nice). But it is a VERY dark story. And there is nothing about the mermaid being named "Ariel" OR having red hair – that's all Disney invention. I personally hope this one retains NOTHING from the Disney version. It also doesn't sound like the original story, which is heartbreakingly sad actually, but we'll see if it can stand on its own merits.

      June 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeckFastPaws

      Because Disney always creates new and original material, right? And of course, they always keep true to the story.

      I'm still waiting for a Disney version of Romeo and Juliet, with that lovely wedding scene at the end.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  103. greg

    Evan Rachel Wood would be perfect

    May 24, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      That's funny – I thought of her too but I thought of her for the role of Margrethe, the scheming one rather than Lenia, the good one. I guess its from her role in True Blood but I always imagine her in the role of some sort of scheming and aloof royal. Although, I am sure they will not portray Margrethe as all bad – after all, she's just trying to save her people.

      Disclaimer – I have not read the book by Carolyn Turgeon.

      May 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I think so too.. She would be great. That or the girl who play in White Oleander.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  104. twisted

    This will suck!

    May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  105. Brian Thacker

    Rose McGowen would rock!

    May 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • sasha

      Nooooo. Rose McGowen from 10 years ago would be excellent. Have you see her now? Ms plastic surgery? Saw her on an episode of law and order or some sort of procedural cop drama and she looked like a scary plasticized woman. Which is a shame because she WAS beautiful

      May 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jomama

      Scarlett Johanssen; loved her as Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

      May 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |

      come on people, we all know it"s going to be Bryce Dallas Howard. We all know she can play the role right. It'll be interesting to see

      May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a jerk

      Sasha... classless and uninformed.

      In 2007 McGowen was involved in a car accident where she was cut very badly under her eyes, the collision forced her eyeglasses into her face, lacerating the area just below the eyeball. She thought she was OK until she felt her face, and could feel flaps of skin in her hands.

      Stay classy Sasha – if you're ever in a car accident, I hope that you just let your face heal with two flaps of skin hanging from below your eyes.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Beacon

      What's the girl's name that played on "HEROS" that couldn't get hurt? She should play "The Little Mermaid".

      June 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roman

      I KNOW!! Rose McGowen would so rock! I actually thought of her when I saw the picture.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      Scarlett Johansson would play an amazing mermaid. She has that trusting sweet face

      June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Fascinating idea. But hey, how about a movie be made based upon the actual story? You know, where the mermaid looses to the other girl and turns into foam? I do not recall for a moment any movies being based upon the real story. But, whatever, if the story is intelligent enough, compelling, has decent acting, and balances the action with the story and drama, then it might be worth seeing.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • sable

      hopefully they pick great actors to play one of the best princess stories

      August 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Also, i think Kristin kreuk would play an amazing mermaid. She has a very classic soft fragile heavenly beauty to her. I would love to see her play it.

      August 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |

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