Director and writer Sofia Coppola, long after it was announced she would helm the forthcoming remake of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, will no longer be directing the project.

The film, produced by Universal, was still in its very early stages and had not announced a fully-formed cast. Coppola, director of 2003 classic Lost In Translation and 2013's The Bling Ring, reportedly was interesting in casting Maya Thurman Hawke (the 16-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman) in the starring role, but she was not the favoured actress Universal had in mind. A report in Variety simply cited the departure was the result of "creative differences."

Producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are still attached to the project, although Universal would not comment on any details moving forward.

Take a look back at The 405's feature on Coppola's invigorating soundtrack to 2012's Somewhere.