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Sofia Coppola in Talks to Direct ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Movie

sofiaAcademy Award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola (pictured, via) may direct a live-action movie of The Little Mermaid. The screenplay is based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Caroline Thompson of Edward Scissorhands fame is rewriting the script, about the mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. Previous drafts were done by Fifty Shades Of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel and Shame scribe Abi Morgan, and Joe Wright was at one time eyeing this to direct.”

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American Zoetrope Acquires Film Rights to ‘Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father’

fairylandAmerican Zoetrope has acquired the film rights for Alysia Abbott’s memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (W. W. Norton & Company). Sofia Coppola will co-write the screenplay along with Andrew Durham. She will produce the film along with Roman Coppola.

The book is a coming-of-age story of a girl in 1970s and 80s San Francisco and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on her father’s life. “I love the book Fairyland; it’s a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970′s San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I’ve never seen before,” stated Ms. Coppola.

Brandy Rivers at The Gersh Agency, David Davoli of Davoli Law Firm, and David Patterson at Foundry Literary + Media represented Abbott in the deal. ICM Partners and the attorneys Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman represented Zoetrope.

A Further Look at Random House Films

The WSJ’s Jeff Trachtenberg turns his attention to the partnership between Random House and Focus Features and its first collaboration, the Sofia Coppola-directed “Reservation Road”. It’s based from a book by Jonathan Burnham Schwartz and stars Jennifer Connelly and Joaquin Phoenix. The plan is to release two or three such films each year, culled from Random House’s backlist of 33,000 titles. So far, titles in the works include Dean Koontz‘s THE HUSBAND, Ross MacDonald‘s THE GALTON CASE and Yasmina Khadra‘s THE ATTACK. The partners will share production costs, hoping to recoup their investments by selling foreign distribution rights and bringing in other investors. In exchange for its investment, Random House has a voice in picking screenwriters, directors, and actors.

Random House says its move into the film business isn’t mainly about increasing profits via movie tickets and DVDs. Rather, it’s about selling books. “We’re doing this primarily to sell more books as movie tie-ins,” says Peter Olson, CEO of Random House. “If the movies do well at the box office and as DVDs, that’s an additional bonus.” A strategy which worked in a big way with the tie-in to PERFUME (sales jumped to more than 100,000 copies sold from 13,000 copies annually for Patrick Suskind‘s novel) and which offers high hopes for Schwartz, now betting that movie will also give a boost to his next novel, THE COMMONER, published in January by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. “My hope is that it will catch some of the wind from the movie promotion,” he says.