Sofia Coppola won’t be going under the sea after all. EW has confirmed that the director has dropped out of the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid due to creative differences.
Deadline first broke the news, reporting that Universal Pictures and Working Title are still planning to move forward with the film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, with a script rewritten by Caroline Thompson. The classic story has been adapted many times, but the 1989 Disney animated version is perhaps the best known version.
Coppola’s most recent project was directing The Bling Ring in 2013, but she’s also working on A Very Murray Christmas, an upcoming Netflix feature that will reunite her with Lost In Translation star Bill Murray. Murray and Coppola co-wrote the script with producer Mitch Glazer, and the 2015 Christmas story will feature Murray spending the holidays with George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, and more—all playing themselves.
Even if we won’t ever see Coppola’s version of The Little Mermaid, at least we’ll always have Funny Or Die’s version of what that might look like.