Sofia Coppola Exits 'The Little Mermaid'

Sofia Coppola has withdrawn from the live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" over what's characterized only as "creative differences." According to Deadline, Universal Pictures and Working Title are moving head with their plans.

Boasting a script rewritten by Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands"), the project -- which at one point had "Pan's" Joe Wright attached -- seemed to pick up steam in March 2014 when Coppola signed on to direct. It would've been her first film since "The Bling Ring" in 2013.

Coppola's next project is a reunion with her "Lost in Translation" star Bill Murray for the Netflix holiday special "A Very Murray Christmas." a variety show that will feature a star-studded lineup that includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman and Rashida Jones.

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