Updated: Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst Won't Re-Team On New Project 'Secret Door'

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 24, 2011 9:35 AM
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Update: Sorry, Coppola fans, looks like we've been had by a hoaxer. When we ran the story yesterday, the account looked genuine enough, but subsequent tweets were more suspicious, in particular 8 pages of script 'leaked' onto the account, 8 pages of some of the worst writing we've ever seen (Sample: "It was he, I pondered most of"). With the legitimacy looking increasingly fishy, we have now confirmed with Kirsten Dunst's reps that this project is indeed a hoax. We're not quite sure who has the goddamn time to write a script pretending to be Sofia Coppola, but there we go. Apologies.

With the film hitting DVD & Blu-Ray in the last week, the dust has firmly settled on Sofia Coppola's fourth directorial effort, "Somewhere." And we're sticking with our original view that, while the film wasn't a failure exactly, with Coppola seemingly achieving exactly what she set out to -- a shallow character study of an entirely vacuous shell of a human being -- the finished project was one of the more painful viewing experiences we had last year (It should be noted, however, that the film has its defenders on staff, with our man in Australia naming it among his favorite films of 2010).

But everyone's allowed a misfire once in a while, and as long time fans of the writer-director, we've got our fingers crossed that she'll bounce back on her next film. And indeed, like the big J.C, Easter Sunday has seen Coppola roll back the stone, step out into the light and announce a new project -- and one that's set to reunite her with her most frequent muse, no less.

The twitter account of American Zoetrope, the production company run by Sofia's father Francis Ford Coppola, which has backed all four of her pictures, announced a few hours ago that Coppola's got a new film in the works, entitled "Secret Door," and that Kirsten Dunst, who starred in both "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" for the director, has signed on to appear in the film. The exact tweet reads: "Happy to announce that Kirsten Dunst has agreed to be in Sofia Coppola's new film 'Secret Door'. Script is still being finished. Stay tuned!"

There are no further details on the film at this stage -- "Secret Door" doesn't apply to any obvious existing property that she could be adapting (there's an Enid Blyton book, and an Arctic Monkeys song, but a link with either is unlikely), and the only unmade Coppola project that we're aware of was a "European vampire" tale derailed by the success of the "Twilight" series, so this would appear to be something entirely new.

It's probably safe to speculate that the film could be set up at Focus, who distributed the latest "Somewhere" as well as "Lost in Translation" - less like is Columbia Pictures, who were behind "Marie Antoinette". The title seems to suggest something genre-tinged, which at least promises something different from her 'celebrity' trilogy -- but again, this is, at least at this stage, educated guesswork. With Coppola still writing away, this isn't going to be moving forward immediately, even with the usual brevity of her scripts ("Somewhere" came in at a not-exactly-whopping 44 pages), but we'll report more details as and when they appear.

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13 Comments

  • Kevin | April 25, 2011 12:25 PMReply

    We're not sure ourselves, hence the lack of an update. Sofia as generally been pretty private/protective of her process in the past so suddenly making eight pages of her script available seems strange.

    We'll get to the story in some manner soon.

  • Tiago Ramos | April 25, 2011 12:25 PMReply

    @Samir Junejo Of course, it's real! Because it came from official page of American Zoetrope...

  • Stephen Isabirye | April 25, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    Talking of an Enid Blyton book, i am glad to inform you that i have written and published a book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five:A Personal Anecdotage (www.thefamousfiveapersonalanecdotage.blogspot.com).
    Stephen Isabirye

  • Samir Junejo | April 25, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    You guys haven't posted an update to this story with the link to the first 7 pages of the script that apparently Sofia Coppola posted on that same twitter account. I'm just wondering if its real or not, because if those script pages aren't real then this story is not real.

  • Jason | April 25, 2011 2:54 AMReply

    So the script and the story is fake? Or just the script?

  • alex | April 25, 2011 1:53 AMReply

    Coppola is overrated. She didn't deserve the Oscar. I read LIT. Horrible writing. She relied on her actors to improvise, so how is that writing? I wouldn't be surprised if the leaked pages were indeed hers and because of the controversy, she's denied them. She's terrible with grammar.

  • Tiago Ramos | April 25, 2011 1:42 AMReply

    Hello,

    I had a doubt! What is fake? The script or the news about Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola working together? Both?

  • Tiago Ramos | April 25, 2011 1:08 AMReply

    Hey there,

    NEWS FROM AMERICAN ZOETROPE E SOFIA COPPOLA:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?w1dcxgo6rrl8gb2
    The first part of scrip! And it's in Paris, maybe?

    Ah, Claire de Lune (moonlight), the name of girl, is the name of the third movement of one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy.

    http://splitscreen-blog.blogspot.com/2011/04/sofia-coppola-e-kirsten-dunst-voltam.html

  • Mark Zhuravsky | April 24, 2011 8:56 AMReply

    Point well taken Ryan, thank you.

  • Ryan | April 24, 2011 8:01 AMReply

    *release

  • Ryan | April 24, 2011 8:00 AMReply

    Very excited for this film! Small point: Focus Features released 2 of Coppola's last 3 films, but did not released "Marie Antoinette".

  • L. | April 24, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    i cant wait for her to work on a film she DIDNT write. wes anderson syndrome.

  • saul | April 24, 2011 5:56 AMReply

    awesome!

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