Sofia Coppola to Shoot Somewhere in the Chateau Marmont
by Alex Billington
April 17, 2009
Yesterday we wrote about Francis Ford Coppola, today we're writing about his daughter Sofia Coppola, who is working on her fourth feature film. Variety announces that Coppola has cast Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in her new project called Somewhere. The dramedy will be set at the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood and will follow a "bad-boy actor" stumbling through life who lives in excess at the hotel. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life. Sounds like she's getting back to her Lost in Translation roots; that film primarily took place at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo.
Coppola has wanted to make "an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles," and only recently received permission to shoot at the hotel. The project is being developed by Focus Features, who previously distributed Lost in Translation. Focus CEO James Schamus said, "Lost in Translation remains among Focus' most beloved movies, so we have long looked forward to making another picture with Sofia. Somewhere will have all the witty, moving and empathetic qualities that characterize all her work." I loved Lost in Translation, so I'm excited to see this come together, especially with Dorff and Fanning as well.