Director Sofia Coppola has backed out of directing Universal Pictures' live action The Little Mermaid movie, citing creative differences. Sofia Coppola became attached to direct the remake back in March 2014, but we haven't heard any updates on the proect since then. Sofia Coppola doesn't have another project lined up yet, and it isn't known who Universal is seeking to replace her.
The movie was quite a departure from Sofia Coppola's previous films, such as The Bling Ring, Somewhere and Lost In Translation, which primarily focused on adult themes. Universal is still moving forward with the project, with Caroline Thompson (Tim Burton's Corpse Bride) writing the most recent version of the script. Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) worked on previous versions of the script, with Joe Wright attached to direct at one point, before he moved on to direct Pan.
No story details were given for this new live-action version of The Little Mermaid, based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a mermaid who makes a deal to become human and live on the land after she falls in love. Universal didn't have a release date set for this project, so we'll have to wait and see how long it takes the studio to find a new filmmaker and get a cast in place before production gets under way. Sofia Coppola recently wrapped on the Netflix feature A Very Murray Christmas which she directed and co-wrote with star Bill Murray, playing himself, and Scrooged writer-director Mitch Glazer.