No more 'The Little Mermaid' with Sofia Coppola

So the news are out and Sofia Coppola has dropped out of 'The Little Mermaid' over creative differences. And it's a shame. Sure, i wasn't too excited about this project at first, a live-action version of the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, but it made sense that someone with the sensitivity and the ability to create beautiful scenes like Coppola would direct it. I was already imaging Elle Fanning as the lead. But it's precisely because of that she has exited the project (not because of Fanning though).

According to insiders, Sofia Coppola wanted newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke (daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) to play the lead role of Ariel but the studios wanted a more famous name to star in the movie, like Chloe Grace Moretz or Hailee Stenfield. And good for Sofia for not giving in. Studio execs, probably cared more about making the movie more profitable while Coppola wasn't clearly thinking about that and was more concerned with the quality of the movie she imagined, so that's something really great but sad, as her version of the fairy tale could have been beautiful.

So now, it's time to wait for Sofia Coppola to get attached to another project, it's been only two years since 'The Bling Ring' so let's be patience and let's hope she finds something she can direct with all her heart on it. And what about 16 year old Maya Thurman Hawke? Is she a rising newcomer? Let's hope so as she has inherited her mother's beauty and probably her parents' talent.

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