Sofia Coppola drops out of Little Mermaid remake

Sofia Coppola has walked away from Universal’s forthcoming remake of The Little Mermaid, with Deadline reporting that the director has cited creative differences with the studio.

It was announced over a year ago that Coppola would be heading up the project, but we’ve heard very little about the film ever since. According to Variety, however, the problems stemmed from a disagreement over who should play Ariel in the live-action adventure.

Coppola was reportedly keen to cast newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, a move the studio was uncertain of. It is unclear whether the studio had a preferred alternative, but the project is set to move forward without Coppola just as soon as a directorial replacement can be found. An official release date has yet to be confirmed.

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