Maybe we’ll finally know what words are whispered between Bill Murray’s hushed breath and Sofia Coppola’s hidden writing? Because the versatile actor is reteaming with Sofia Coppola for their first narrative film since their Oscar winning collaboration on Lost in Translation (2003). Their new movie, On the Rocks, will be Coppola’s study of a family’s generational differences when an adult daughter and father reconnect. The film will also be the first film produced by indie super-studio A24 for an Apple streaming release. This marks a major get for Apple as it wades into the upcoming streaming market already dominated by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more. It also promises to be one way to make sure a wide swath of people will have easy access to Coppola’s first film since the underrated The Beguiled.
On the Rocks will also star Rashida Jones, who plays a new mother forced to reconnect with her father played by Bill Murray. In the film he inhabits the role of a larger than life playboy who presumably did not spend a lot of time with Jones’ character growing up, yet is able to at least have the opportunity to reacquaint himself with his child and grandchild during an “adventure in New York.” The project is slated to begin shooting in New York later this year.
More than 15 years later, and Lost in Translation is still considered a career highlight for both Coppola and Murray. Coppola won an Oscar for her screenplay while Murray was nominated for Best Lead Actor in his performance as a depressed and remote movie star given a new lease on life by beginning a platonic(ish) romance with a much younger and married woman. Murray has since continued his eclectic and highly selective career, often involving writer-director Wes Anderson while Coppola has had success with projects like Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring. The two collaborated on the wildly miscalculated Netflix TV special A Very Murray Christmas, but the less said about that, the better.