‘On the Rocks’ will see the two work together for the first time since 2003
Director Sophia Coppola and actor Bill Murray are to reunite for their first movie since their last joint project: 2003’s Lost in Translation.
The pair are working on new film On the Rocks, with Coppola once again directing Murray. Rashida Jones will also star in the film.
On the Rocks will reportedly follow “a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.” It’s set to start filming this spring.
Lost in Translation became one of the most acclaimed films of its time and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor for Bill Murray. Coppola went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
The film will be Coppola’s first feature since her remake of The Beguiled. The film drew criticism for excluding Mattie, a slave character featured in the novel.
Coppola explained the reasoning behind the character’s omission, saying that her version of the story is set in America’s south during the Civil War when men were away fighting and many slaves had left.
“I wanted to tell the story of the isolation of these women, cut off from the world and in denial of a changing world,” she wrote in a piece for IndieWire.
“I also focused on how they deal with repression and desire when a man comes in to their abandoned world, and how this situation affects each of them, being at different stages of their life and development…I thought there were universal themes, about desire and male and female power dynamics that could relate to all women.”
Meanwhile, Murray’s last outing was a voiceover part in Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Isle of Dogs animation released last year.