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Lick the Star (1998)

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Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Somewhere (2010)

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Sofia Coppola To Adapt Fairyland

Sofia Coppola To Adapt Fairyland
By Katie Bishop

The Coppolas' film studio, American Zoetrope, has obtained the screen rights to Alysia Abbott's Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. Sofia Coppola is set to adapt the memoir with her long-time friend and photographer, Andrew Durham, and to produce it with her brother and Zoetrope co-owner, Roman Coppola. Roman has also produced Sofia's films Somewhere and The Bling Ring.

The critically acclaimed memoir, a coming-of-age story about a young Abbott growing up in San Francisco with her homosexual father both before and during the AIDS crisis which would later claim her father's life, was published in June last year. Sofia has explored the father-daughter relationship in her 2010 film, Somewhere. However, Fairyland seems unlike anything she's done before.

Abbott grew up in San Francisco's gay scene with her father, Steve Abbott, a widowed poet and LGBT activist, during the 1970s and 80s.

Alysia Abbott and her father Steve Abbott

"I love the book Fairyland; it's a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970s San Francisco," Sofia said, "I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I've never seen before."

Abbott seemed equally as enthusiastic about the adaptation, saying "I'm delighted that Sofia Coppola and Zoetrope are going to create the film version of Fairyland. Sofia's understanding of the feminine perspective and the artistic vision that she shares with Andrew Durham make them ideal partners to make this movie. I could not be happier."

Abbott's agent, David Patterson, added that "Elizabeth Riley, the book’s publicist at Norton, had thought out loud about Sofia Coppola as the dream filmmaker for it with us — Alysia, me, and Amy Cherry, the book’s editor — back at one of the book’s launch parties. So I just want to say that sometimes when publicists talk, angels listen. This is an absolutely ideal result and partnership."

It has not yet been announced who is set to direct the film, but it would be a first for Sofia to write and produce a feature with no plans to direct it, so many have predicted that she may be sitting in the director's chair once again very soon.

Alysia Abbott and her father Steve Abbott

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Fairyland, Alysia Abbott, and Steve Abbott photographs courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company Inc.


Sofia Coppola: Nylon April 1999

Special thanks to the lovely Janine M. for today's marvelous guest post in which she takes us back to April 1999 for a look at Sofia Coppola's appearance in the very first issue of Nylon; Liv Tyler graced the initial cover as photographed by Helena Christensen. I hope you will enjoy the flashback!

Nylon Premiere Issue April 1999: Sofia Coppola interviewed by Paul Jasmin
By Janine M.

In the premiere issue of Nylon Magazine (1999), photographer Paul Jasmin interviewed Sofia Coppola on her then upcoming film, The Virgin Suicides. Before I re-read this interview I thought, “How long have they even known each other?” Funny, Sofia’s opening statement in the interview is, “I can’t remember when I first met you…” 

Apparently, Sofia Coppola was one of Mr. Jasmin’s students at CalArts, the arts college that she attended for a period of time. He has photographed and interviewed her many times over the years; most recently he photographed her on the cover and inside the August 2013 issue of Vogue Australia.

What I find interesting about Sofia is that her exterior is so calm and laid back but she’s really very focused on her vision and how to achieve it. She wrote the script for The Virgin Suicides even before she obtained the rights to the book. She knew how the book should be translated to the screen, which, if you read the book, would seem quite tricky to accomplish. Sofia’s translation to the screen offers this dreamy 70s vibe that totally captures your attention from the moment the movie begins. The "Crazy on You" scene is my favorite (followed closely by the "Magic Man" scene.)

On a personal note, I’ve always wondered if the relationship between the characters of Charlotte and Bob in Lost in Translation was based slightly on the relationship between Sofia Coppola and Paul Jasmin. If you pay close attention to Sofia’s films, you do find little bits about her scattered throughout (for example, in LiT Charlotte talks about taking photographs of her feet which Sofia has done many times).

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Sofia Coppola in Nylon April 1999 photographs © 1999 Nylon Magazine. All Rights Reserved.


Introducing… Katie Bishop, Contributing Editor

It is my pleasure to present the latest addition to the amazing team here at I Want To Be A Coppola —  Katie Bishop, contributing editor! With her sophisticated style of writing and her enthusiasm for Sofia, I imagine that you will all look forward to her contributions as much as I do. Please take a moment to say hello to Kaite, I am excited to welcome her to the team!

Katie Bishop
Contributing Editor

Hello I Want To Be A Coppola readers! My name is Katie and I'm a student from England. I am passionate about film, photography, fashion, and, of course, the incredible Sofia Coppola. I first became aware of Sofia after watching Lost in Translation, which immediately became my favourite film of all time. From then, my fixation with Sofia grew and she's now my favourite filmmaker and style icon. She continues to entertain and inspire me and it is a privilege to share my passion of Sofia and her work here. Thank you for reading and I hope I will make a valuable member of the IWTBAC team!

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Sofia Coppola Directs Daisy For Marc Jacobs

Loyal friends Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs have released the first look at their latest collaboration, a television advertising campaign for the fragrance Daisy. One of the best-selling scents produced by the designer, Daisy evokes a romantic, girly mood and who better than Sofia Coppola to transmit this feeling? The campaign for Daisy is simple yet memorable and emotive, so Sofia, so right…. Special thanks to Katie Bishop for today's guest post in which she examines the new campaign for Daisy and shares her thoughts.

Sofia Coppola Directs Daisy For Marc Jacobs
By Katie Bishop

Marc Jacobs' Daisy is the epitome of femininity, simplicity, and enchantment, and Sofia Coppola, his long-time friend and muse, embodies this perfectly in the latest advertisement for the fragrance. Its style is quintessentially Sofia's and reminiscent of scenes from The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette. It features model Ondria Hardin running through a field of daisies, looking ethereal in a simple, white dress under the gaze of a male admirer. The film complements the fresh and alluring scent of the fragrance.

Sofia modeled for Marc Jacobs' first fragrance in 2002, but this has been the first time she has directed for the designer. Jacobs announced this in September, tweeting "Best friends make magic together: Our dearest Sofia Coppola will be directing the Daisy TV ad campaign this fall!". He went on to say, "Sofia has been a very dear friend of mine for many, many years. I love her as a person. We’ve done smaller projects over the years. I love her vision and her voice," and his trust in her was so absolute that he wasn't on set for the filming of the advertisement.

Sofia was equally as enthusiastic, saying "I loved doing the commercial for him because we have similar taste, and I think I know what he’d like. I especially wanted to do a good job because it’s for my friend." Sofia also revealed that "[Marc]'s pretty silly, I don't know if people know that about him — he loves low-brow comedy, which is funny mixed with his super-sophisticated taste."

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Daisy campaign images © 2013 Marc Jacobs. Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs photographs courtesy of Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, KATHY WILLENS AP, Sipa, Getty Images


The Coppola Family In Vogue December 1990

The Coppola family, Francis Ford, Sofia, Roman, and Eleanor, posed for photographer Bruce Weber for an editorial that appeared in the December 1990 issue of Vogue. Sofia Coppola was 19 years old at the time of the session and I admire her calm poise and her casual elegance at such a young age. I am not sure if there is more to the editorial, please let me know if you do, I would love to see it.... 

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The Coppola family photograph © 1990 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

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