Following The Bling Ring, it seems Sofia Coppola has decided on her next project, as ScreenDaily reports that her father’s company, American Zoetrope, has acquired the film rights to Alysia Abbott’s critically acclaimed memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. Sofia and her brother Roman Coppola will produce the film, with the Lost In Translation director and Andrew Durham co-writing the screenplay.
Praised by Alexandra Styron in The New York Times as “a daughter’s compassionate, clear-eyed reckoning with the truths that defined her singular girlhood,” Fairyland is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s, both before and after the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that would later claim the life of Abbott’s father, Steve Abbott, a widowed poet and gay activist. Tragically while Abbott fought for equal rights, he was eventually taken by AIDS himself.
Sofia Coppola commented, “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.”