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Sofia Coppola to Write 'Fairyland' Adaptation for American Zoetrope

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December 16, 2013

Fairyland / Sofia Coppola

This year Sofia Coppola turned in The Bling Ring, a more upscale version of Spring Breakers, but simply based on real-life events of spoiled, despicable teenagers. Sadly the film wasn't quite as good as the aforementioned film from Harmony Korine, in large part to a performance from James Franco. Now Coppola is going in a completely different direction with an adaptation of Fairyland, an adaptation of Alysia Abbott's memoir of the same name. Coppola will co-write the adaptation with Andrew Durham, a photographer who has frequently worked with Coppola. However, Coppola isn't attached to direct just yet.

Here's the official synopsis for the book:

After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.

Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.

In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create.

Coppola hasn't yet written a film that she has not gone on to direct, so there's a good chance she could end up behind the camera eventually. After all, the filmmaker says, "I love the book Fairyland; it's a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970's San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I've never seen before." Roman Coppola is also producing this film after finding success with Wes Anderson by producing his Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited. It's not hard to picture this in the hands of Sofia Coppola, and we'll keep you posted.

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  • mgazo
    This sounds like a perfect vehicle. I already can't wait to cry at the end.
  • Chuckee Knowlton
    She better get her groove back and fast or people are going to start calling her Francis. After a couple of really promising films, she has seems to have lost her mojo. Still, I'd take one of her duds over a half dozen superhero movies any day of the week.
  • DavideCoppola
    Nice! I really hope she directs it as well or something else very soon. Totally psyched for this.
  • anastasiaC
    I read an article from the daughter (author) in Vogue - was so interesting! Love Sofia! so talented - should be a great adaptation

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