Sofia Coppola to adapt novel 'The Custom of the Country' for Apple TV+
Screenwriter, director and producer Sofia Coppola is reportedly developing an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel "The Custom of the Country" for Apple TV+.
According to Variety, Coppola will write and direct the Apple TV+ limited series, based on the 1913 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a Midwestern girl named Undine Spragg who tries to integrate with New York City society.
Coppola said that Undine Spragg is her favorite "literary anti-heroine" and that she is excited to bring the character to the screen for the first time.
The potential limited series would be Coppola's second project for Apple TV+, which is gearing up to release feature film "On the Rocks." Coppola wrote the script for and directed "On the Rocks," which will star Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. The film emerged from a partnership between Apple and film studio A24.
Coppola is known for her film work, including the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Lost in Translation," which stars frequent collaborator Bill Murray. Other films include "Marie Antoinette," "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Beguiled."
The Edith Wharton adaptation will be Coppola's first entrée into episodic television, though she isn't entirely new to the TV world. Previously, she co-wrote and directed "A Very Murray Christmas" and has also worked on TV commercials.