Chloe Moretz to Star in ‘Little Mermaid’ for Working Title; Richard Curtis to Pen Script (EXCLUSIVE)

Chloe Moretz to Star in 'Little
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Chloe Moretz is set to play the title character in Working Title and Universal’s “The Little Mermaid” retelling with Richard Curtis in talks to pen the script.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce.

Not much is known about how this version will compare to previous iterations of the Hans Christian Andersen story, which follows a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.

Exec VP of Production Erik Baiers and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.

Earlier this year, director Sofia Coppola left the project after creative differences with the studios. Since the film is not yet dated, execs felt it was smarter to take one more pass at the script with a top-level writer in order to attract prime talent.

Moretz had been the frontrunner for the role even while Coppola was still attached; some insiders point to Coppola’s unwillingness to go with a star like Moretz as her impetus for parting ways with the project. Following Coppola’s exit, the studio still wanted Moretz for the role but did not want to make it official until a writer was attached for a final draft.

Moretz is currently filming “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” for Universal, having just finished “Brain on Fire.” She can be seen next in Sony’s “The Fifth Wave” and also has “November Criminals” set to bow next year. She is repped by WME, T-squared Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.

Curtis’ credits include “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” which were popular with both auds and critics. He most recently wrote “Trash” starring Rooney Mara. He is repped by United Agents and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

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  1. Julia says:

    Why use someone known?

  2. uncle9 says:

    If she gets paid less than some guy in a similar big-budget action/adventure/fantasy/CGI tentpole, do we blame her, the studio, or WME, T-squared Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern? I think the latter. It’s the agents that make these deals, not the actress. IMHO, it’s the agents who sell out the females in favor of maintaining their cozy relationship with the money boys.

  3. sunshineofyourlove says:

    yeah i know she is not the type of coppola girl. woody allen, tarantino, anderson, burton, and even coppola, all have their typical qualities of leading actress/actor they love to work with.

  4. Whitney says:

    I don’t understand why the studio wanted Chloe Moretz so bad, even at the cost of Sofia Coppola leaving. I mean, she’s ok, but not the most amazing actress, nor is she a huge star. Plus, I feel like a role like this would need an actress with a more otherworldly, alien-like quality. This casting gives me the impression that this will be a more traditional, kid-friendly, straightforward adaptation, like they’re trying to repeat Cinderella’s success.

  5. Hollywoodisoutofideas says:

    Boo! I wonder who is going to play the lead in Matterhorn The Movie?

    • Valley Girl says:

      What are you talking about, “Matterhorn The Movie?”

      This is not a Disney movie. It’s an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen story.

  6. James says:

    Overrated and overused. There are plenty of other young actresses they could have snag for this role.

  7. superman1932 says:

    If this was a live action version of Disney’s Little Mermaid, staring our red haired beauty Ariel then I would be more interested in the project and it would be a box office smash hit, especially with the inclusion of the iconic songs from the beloved animated filck but this is not a Disney film. It’s Universal Studios attempting to bring this story to life. I wonder how long before the Disney company starts working on their version? Seeing how they’re currently creating live films of their animated princess films.

  8. Carol says:

    Really poor choice. Too old

  9. An assassin, a vampire, a werewolf, a telekenetic teen, angsty daughter and now a MERMAID!
    One talented actress af 18 years old!

  10. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    A live-action Little Mermaid? Really?! Did Pan teach you idiots nothing?!! Stop making these movies and giving them ginormous budgets!

    (Yes I know Pan was Warner Bros but Universal should have been paying attention)

    • b says:

      Pan was a prequel. A movie telling the origin of Peter Pan, that was risk on itself.
      There’s a chance Little Mermaid will succeed because there are people who have seen the Disney version.

      Disney just did a live action of Cinderella and that made over 500 million dollars.

  11. briantoohey says:

    Curtis did not direct Trash. Trash was directed by Stephen Daldry.

  12. hnim says:

    curtis did NOT direct trash

  13. guest says:

    so overrated

  14. archimedes says:

    Please seek professional help.

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