What with Cary Fukunaka departing the It remake, Wonder Woman losing Michelle McLaren, not to mention stars such as Henry Cavill getting into the act [Stratton], there’s an awful lot of ‘walking out’ going on in Hollywood at the moment. Now we hear that Universal and Working Title’s remake of The Little Mermaid has had director Sofia Coppola leaving the production. The stated reason is, of course, “creative differences”.

Now I’ll be honest and admit that I didn’t even know there was going to be a new version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale immortalised in the wonderful Disney animated movie, but it’s actually been in the works for some time. Originally Joe Wright was going to direct the film but, perhaps sensing trouble ahead, opted to do the not-entirely dissimilar Pan instead [which looks ace judging by the trailer]. Then Coppola took over, and the rumours are circulating that she may have wanted to do a more faithful version of the fairy tale replete with tragic ending than the producers wanted who, perhaps inspired by the success of Disney’s Cinderella, wished for a retelling closer to the cartoon classic. The original stories which inspired these films are usually far darker than people, who are used to the Disney versions they are familiar with, and I generally think that remakes of thse films would be far more justifiable if they went back to the originals, but then the Cinderella remake turned out really well, so what do I know?

I’m not really a fan of the Coppola work that I’ve seen, but I don’t think that there is any doubt that she would have brought a fresh slant to The Little Mermaid. In any case, I’m sure it won’t be long before another director takes up the helm. Perhaps he or she will take a good look at the script and do some work on it. It’s by Kelly Marcel [Saving Mrs Banks] and Abi Morgan [The Iron Lady], which to me is a bit concerning considering I haven’t much liked their work up to now, but we shall see…

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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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