This past Summer, filmmaker Sofia Coppola opted out of “The Little Mermaid” film in development at Universal Pictures.
Not a live-action of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the project is a new adaptation of the original Hans Christian Anderson story which is public domain. With Coppola’s departure, Universal is still proceeding with the project which has Chloe Moretz attached to the lead role.
Coppola meanwhile has Netflix’s “A Very Murray Christmas” special out today and doing some promotional rounds for that, she talked to The Wrap about the creative differences that caused her to leave:
“We didn’t agree creatively about how to do it, so I didn’t want to continue. As we were getting closer, it just wasn’t the right fit for what they needed for that project and the way I work. I decided to do something in a smaller scale, the way I like to work.”
At the time of her departure, it was said Coppola wanted Maya Thurman-Hawke for the lead while the studio wanted a bigger name with Moretz booking the part after Coppola left.
Richard Curtis is penning a new draft of the script, but no new director has still been announced. Coppola has also yet to announce her next project.