2015 Coach Summer Party on the High LineTo us, she is perfect! Chloe Grace Moretz is going under the sea in the live-action "The Little Mermaid" movie, Variety reports. They said Richard Curtis -- the smart/funny writer of "Love Actually,""Four Weddings and a Funeral,""Notting Hill," and pretty much everything that Hugh Grant ever did right -- is in talks to write the script.

No one is on board to direct yet, at least officially, which is kind of a problem. Sofia Coppola dropped out back in late May/early June. At the time, Kelly Marcel, Abi Morgan, and Caroline Thompson had been taking passes on the script.

It's not clear yet how much this movie will follow the Hans Christian Andersen story of a mermaid who wants to be human after saving a man from drowning. Disney's 1989 animated movie was hugely popular, but you have to imagine the live-action version will want to put its own stamp on things.


Emma Watson has her live-action "Beauty and the Beast" coming out in early 2017, but this "Little Mermaid" movie may be a while. If they do stick with a Richard Curtis script, expect wit, warmth, and poignant romance, as opposed to anything dark and mysterious.

Variety said Chloe had been the frontrunner for the lead role even while Sofia Coppola was attached, but some insiders said Coppola's unwillingness to go with a star like CGM pushed her to leave. (The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake!) Working Title and Universal reportedly still wanted Chloe for the role, but waited until a writer was attached for a final draft before making the news official.

So now that the team includes Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Curtis, but who will direct? May we suggest ... Richard Curtis? After all, he wrote and directed "Love Actually" and it was pretty much perfect.

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