Newswire: The live-action Little Mermaid movie snags a new director

Still adamant about being part of our world, the live-action The Little Mermaid movie has found a new director to replace recent dropout Sofia Coppola: The Wrap reports Rebecca Thomas is in early talks to helm the film. Thomas hasn’t too many credits to her name, but she did write and direct 2012’s Electrick Children, which was also about a teenager who leaves her home in search of something more, which turns out to be skateboarding musicians. So it would seem her sensibilities don’t run too far from Coppola’s. Thomas recently met with newly-minted lead mermaid (there are lots of them in the story) ChloĆ« Grace Moretz in what was probably the director-actor equivalent of a chemistry read.

The project, from Universal Pictures and Working Title, has seen a lot of turnover since its inception. Multiple directors and screenwriters have been attached, with Atonement’s Joe …

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