While Sofia Coppola hasn’t been officially announced as its director yet, she may have found a new future project with word that family company American Zoetrope has nabbed the rights to Alysia Abbott’s book Fairyland: A Memoir Of My Father. Coppola and Andrew Durham are aboard to co-write the script, with Sofia’s brother Roman on to co-produce.
Abbott’s tome is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco in the 1970s and ‘80s, which touches on the rise of the AIDS epidemic. The writer’s father, gay activist Steve Abbott, would campaign for equal rights before his death from the condition in later years.
“I love the book Fairyland,” said Sofia Coppola. “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.” It definitely feels in keeping with Coppola’s work, though this will be the first time she’s tackled a movie about someone in real life since Marie Antoinette. Assuming, that, is, she decides to direct it – Roman has his own shot-calling career, so he could always tackle it.