Sofia Coppola was announced as the next director for a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid a while ago with no real updates since, and now she has left the project.
It would have been much different than her other films, and perhaps the way that she wanted to make it did not agree with the studios. The classic excuse of “creative differences” is of course being used in this case as well, and now we will never know what Coppola’s version of the film would have been like.
She was announced as the director roughly a year ago, but without any casting announcements, it could make fans wonder that something was wrong with the project and now we have a reason why.
Sad that Sofia Coppola's LITTLE MERMAID is no more. Funny that female lead was the sticking point – if there's one thing I'd trust her on…
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) June 1, 2015
Sofia Coppola is out of the project with no other upcoming projects currently lined up. However, the project from Universal and Working Title productions does still have Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers on the film.
Whether this film will ever be made remains a mystery, as Joe Wright was originally attached as the director and dropped out due to his busy schedule with his live-action adaptation of Pan.
BREAKING: Sofia Coppola leaves LITTLE MERMAID project, 'creative differences' cited specifically on who would play lead. story coming
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) June 1, 2015
Caroline Thompson, who has worked with Tim Burton on multiple occasions including Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, has written the latest script for the film. The story centers around a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after falling in love with a prince.
Although Coppola does not have any upcoming projects lined up, she recently finished filming a Christmas-themed movie for Netflix called A Very Murray Christmas, which stars Bill Murray.
Sofia Coppola had also never done a film with a big production company like Universal, which could have created problems for her. She has previously directed indie films such as The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Somewhere and The Bling Ring.