One of Disney's most successful animations of all time is getting a live action facelift.
Joe Wright is to direct a film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Little Mermaid.
The British director, who has helmed Keira Knightley in Pride And Prejudice and Atonement is yet to announce casting for his Working Title production, which will be written by Abi Morgan, who scripted award-winning British indie film Brick Lane and the forthcoming The Iron Lady, to star Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher.
The story of the young mermaid who gives up her life as a mermaid in exchange for a human soul, in a bid to win the heart of a human prince, was first published in 1837, and has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times.
This adaptation of the much-loved, classic fairytale has been particularly inspired by a production that The Little Angel Theatre Company staged as part of their repertoire of children's tales using puppets.
Wright's most recent film, Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, is currently in post-production.