Chloe Grace Moretz to Be a Hit, Girl, as Non-Disney Little Mermaid



I’ve been telling you all along that this is why studios tend to do “dark reimaginings” of fairy tales and public-domain stories like Oz rather then being true to the source: when you can’t copyright something, your competitors will hop on the bandwagon of a lucrative idea. And so it is that since Disney is raking in the money from its live-action remakes of animated features, Universal is doing their own adaptation of the original Little Mermaid, with Kick-Ass‘ Chloe Grace Moretz as a fish-tailed girl who will probably not be named Ariel.

Now, the original Little Mermaid story is dark as hell – she feels like she’s getting stabbed with knives every time she takes a step on land,¬†she has her tongue cut out, and then kills herself when the prince picks another woman over her. Disney’s penis-shaped towers are mild by comparison.

In today’s franchise culture I can’t imagine they’ll kill her and preclude a sequel – but wouldn’t it be cool if…?

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist