Uh-oh, looks like “The Little Mermaid” has lost its honcho, once again.
Sofia Coppola, who was previously set to helm Universal Pictures and Working Title Film’s live-action adaptation of Han Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” has dropped out of director’s chair due to creative differences.
Well, we shouldn’t be surprised that Sofia dropped out as she is known for producing more indie and adult-themed movies which includes “Lost in Translation” and “The Bling Ring”.
Known for her work on “Edward Scissorhands”, Caroline Thompson is on board to re-pen the “The Little Mermaid” script, which was initially drafted by “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Saving Mr.Banks” screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Even though the script is in place, the project has been facing various setbacks, preventing the production to progress “happily” forward. First, it was Joe Wright, who left the film to direct the upcoming “Pan” movie, and now, Sofia.
“The Little Mermaid” centres on a young mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince. The Hans Christian Andersen story, first published in 1837, has been adapted countless times for stage and screen (including Disney’s version) since then. This new version was originally said to have been inspired by a children’s puppet theatre production of the classic at London’s Little Angel Theatre Company.
In other news, Sofia has yet to reveal her next project, but she has just wrapped up “A Very Murray Christmas”, a Netflix project she directed and scripted with her “Lost in Translation” leading man Bill Murray. The Christmas project stars George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Poehler.