class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-29151″ title=”the little mermaid joe wright” src=”” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Joe Wright is following his early successes with literary adaptations and reuniting with Working Title to direct a live action film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid.

Working Title’s co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner confirmed production of the film which Wright will take on once his duties with Hanna, the Saoirse Ronan starring child assassin movie which also stars Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, are done.

Abi Morgan, who adapted Monica Ali’s Brick Lane for Sarah Gavron in 2007, was inspired to write this adaptation after seeing a production of The Little Mermaid staged by The Little Angel Theatre Company, which used puppets.

Following the trend of swiping from the best of the public domain fairy tale canon, this will be the latest adaptation of the classic, with Ron Clements and John Musker’s ’89 Disney version being perhaps the most familiar.