Sofia Coppola Will No Longer Direct the Live-Action 'Little Mermaid' Movie

Life just isn't fair.

Sofia Coppola
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Back in March, we were so elated by the news that Sofia Coppola would be directing a live-action depiction of The Little Mermaid, we basically casted the whole d*mn thing, with Linsday Lohan, Anna Kendrick, Rihanna, and more duking it out for the role of Ariel.

But alas, we've just learned that Coppola has dropped out of the production citing "creative differences," according to Deadline. While Universal Pictures and Working Title Films will continue on with the project—with Tim Burton favorite Caroline Thompson working on the rewrite—anyone who's been enchanted by Coppola's work (The Virgin SuicidesLost in TranslationMarie Antoinette) knows her departure marks a major upset.

The good news? She recently wrapped up her Netflix project A Very Murray Christmas, an homage to the classic variety show that she directed and wrote with Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer. The cast includes George Clooney, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Rick Ross, and more. So, yeah, that's a consolation prize if we've ever heard one.

At least we'll always have the Funny or Die parody. (*Cries*)

Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.