Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mermaid: A Twist On The Classic Tale

Dark fairy tales are on the rise and now The Little Mermaid will also get a sinister twist. The classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid will be retold as Mermaid: A Twist On The Classic Tale, written by Carolyn Turgeon.

According to variety.com the movie will be directed by “Country Strong” filmmaker Shana Feste and Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping will produce. Feste will be an interesting choice has she has not yet directed any movies with a fantasy element.

Women 24 characterises the book, which the movie will be based on, as a love triangle containing sacrifices, the threat of war, and the uneasy friendship of two women drawn together in spite of themselves. Amazon.com gives us an overview of what the plot will entail: The story is about two women from two decidedly different worlds falling for the same prince. After rescuing Prince Christopher from the seas, mermaid Princess Lenia immediately falls in love with him. Lenia sacrifices the seas, her voice and her health to be with him, not knowing Princess Margrethe also has plans to marry the Prince, so as to unite their two warring kingdoms. Margrethe then sets a plan in motion to send the ailing mermaid back to the seas and save her own ravaged kingdom.

In an interview with women24.com Carolyn Turgeon was asked why mermaids, to which she answered: “they’re such a strange, hybrid kind of symbol. On one hand they’re totally sexually female, and on the other hand they’re this completely inaccessible fish creature from the bottom of the sea, that’s linked to all kinds of mystery and weirdness”.

I’m quite looking forward to a mermaid movie, having been a fan of Ariel since I was a little girl and pretending to grow a tail every time I went swimming. No castings have been made yet, but I would like to nominate Deborah Ann Wall (True Blood) to play Lenia. Who would you cast as mermaid and apposing princess?

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