Sofia Coppola's Next Movie, 'Fairyland', Deals with Controversial Topic


Sofia Coppola's last few films have been, in their own ways, contemplations of fame — there was Somewhere, which took on the more personal side of that, followed by The Bling Ring, which looked at the societal. She's departing from this theme with her next one, though (probably): Coppola's adapting Alysia Abbott's memoir  Fairyland for the big screen. For those unfamiliar, Abbott's memoir follows her and her father as she grows up in the pre-AIDs San Francisco gay community. Here's a snippet of the book's synopsis:

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.

There are glimpses of Coppola's past films here — the opulence of Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring, the father-daughter contemplation of Somewhere, the teen discovery of The Virgin Suicides. The story also takes a dark turn:

It's not the  Weetzie Bat adaptation we still want to see from her, but we'll take it.