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Live-action fairy tales are the talk of the town in Hollywood. We have had Kenneth Brannagh’s celebrated Cinderella, soon to be followed by Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Reese Witherspoon is also set to star in Tinker Bell.

But all is not going swimmingly with the live-action The Little Mermaid. Sofia Coppola has pulled out of directing Universal and Working Titles' The Little Mermaid due to “creative differences”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Atonement director Joe Wright has also moved away from the project, switching to work on Pan starring Rooney Mara and Hugh Jackman.

Universal are still continuing with the project which is set to be a darker rendition of The Little Mermaid. More in line with Hans Christian Andersen’s original work and less like the 1989 Disney version.

Coppola has become known, not just for her famous father, but for her visually stunning interpretations. She adapted Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Virgin Suicides in 1999, 2003's Lost In Translation, starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, and gave Marie Antoinette a contemporary makeover in 2006. Her most recent project was the dark The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson.

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