What could Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele, The Sea Witch and The Little Mermaid possibly have in common?
The writer tasked with adapting "Fifty Shades of Grey" for the screen, Kelly Marcel, has been tapped to pen the latest screen version of "The Little Mermaid," the Hans Christian Andersen fable best known in pop culture circles as the hit Disney flick from 1989.
Marcel will rewrite "The Little Mermaid" script for Golden Globe nominated director Joe Wright, according to Deadline. Coincidentally, Wright was once thought to be the guy who would bring the popular bondage story ("Grey," not "Mermaid"!) to life.
Contrary to the kid-friendly tone of the Disney version, the original Danish fable ends with the Prince marrying somebody else, the mermaid almost stabbing him with an enchanted knife, then her disappearance and disintegration into the ocean. She becomes a "spirit" after, which was a happy ending some scholars claim was unnaturally tacked on after the fact. Getting even more analytical, some folks believe "The Little Mermaid" to be a 19th Century style love letter of sorts from Andersen to Edvard Collin.
Of course Disney's "The Little Mermaid" wasn't without its kink. Everybody knows the story about a disgruntled Disney artist adding a "penis" to the artwork for the VHS version, right? Wrong... Turns out that fun little story isn't true at all.