Sofia Coppola set to transform 'The Little Mermaid'

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Sofia Coppola set to transform 'The Little Mermaid'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 18, 2014

Director Sofia Coppola is ready to transform the 1837 Hans Christian Anderson classic "The Little Mermaid" into a live-action flick. 

The Universal Pictures and Working Titles film is still in the script phase, according to Deadline.com, which first broke the news.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, "Andersen’s 1837 story has been adapted for the stage and screen many times — the most popular of which is Disney’s 1989 animated musical. 'Anna Karenina' and 'Atonement' director Joe Wright was previously in talks for the project, but he’s found his own fairy tale adaption in 'Pan.'"

Coppola is best known for her Oscar-winning comedy-drama "Lost in Translation."