Director Sofia Coppola Exits THE LITTLE MERMAID

Unviersal Pictures Live-Action

Sofia Coppola opts out due to creative differences with The Little Mermaid team. Academy Award winner aligned herself in March to direct the live-action fairytale adaptation for Universal Pictures and Working Title.

The Lost in Translation director and Universal differed when it came to casting the lead role of Ariel. Coppola was keen on newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, but the studio was wary about the pick, according to Variety. No wonder the studio said no.

Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) rewrote the screenplay which centers on a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince. A dark adaptation from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale was previously drafted by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) and Abi Morgan (Shame).

New talent is expected to be announced shortly for The Little Mermaid, which studio apparently is pushing forward. It was going to be Coppola’s biggest studio film to date. She recently finished work on her Netflix Christmas special starring Bill Murray and has no other project lined up.

Source: Deadline