Those of us who dream of living life under the sea will have to wait it bit longer to become part of their underwater world after another hiccup was announced in the production of the live-action Little Mermaid movie.
No, this isn't the 1989 musical, Disney version that we're all familiar with. This film aims to introduce fans to the darker story behind Ariel in Hans Christian Andersen's twisted tale. Sadly for us poor, unfortunate souls, it will be without Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) at the helm of the project.
Like Michelle MacLaren with Wonder Woman and Guillermo del Toro for Warner Bros. live-action Beauty and the Beast before her, Coppola knew directing The Little Mermaid wasn't destined to be. It was reported by Deadline that Sofia Coppola left the film due to "creative differences."
She might not be everybody's favorite director, but I think Coppola would have added a fantastic vision to the famous fairytale. Like her work on The Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides, Coppola is gifted in showing the complexity of growing up. Since Ariel's is the epitome of coming-of-age stories, Coppola could have served the film well.
It would have been interesting to see what she could have done with such a widely-known and beloved story.
In case you're upset we'll never get to see Sofia Coppola's version of The Little Mermaid, maybe this will ease the pain. Funny or Die made the following video starring AnnaSophia Robb and Evan Peters spoofing Coppola's signature style:
As tends to be the case in Hollywood, where there's one problem, there are many and this isn't the first upset in making The Little Mermaid a reality.
After Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey, Saving Mr. Banks) and Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) were both tasked with writing drafts, Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas) finally has her hands on rewriting the script.
Universal Pictures and Working Title will forge ahead as planned, but it's impossible to know how much this change in director will push back the film. Still, given the right director and cast I still think this film could still be a hit. As I said before, this is far from the first film to have production woes!