It isn't surprising to find directors leaving projects over "creative differences" with studios and actors, but if Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola had stayed on Universal's live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, Disney fans would have had a much darker version of the classic musical.
Speaking in the New York Film Society's program (via Joblo), An Evening With Sofia Coppola, the director talked about her original plans for The Little Mermaid before she left the production because of "creative differences." Apparently the filmmaker wanted a much darker version of the classic musical, one that told the original fairytale.
"It wasn't the Disney version, it was actually the original fairy tale, which is much darker. I thought it would be fun to do a fairy tale, I've always loved fairy tales, so I was curious about doing that."
While the classic film had a happy ending, the original fairy tale was a whole lot grimmer – not only was Ariel never given a name, but the little mermaid's tongue gets cut out by the sea witch and she gets turned into sea foam after the prince ends up marrying someone else. Though it would have been an interesting take, Disney wouldn't want to alienate all the children hoping to see the live-action film adaptation.
There's no release date for the live-action Little Mermaid just yet, but we'll keep everyone updated as soon as we get word.