Sofia Coppola Planning Film Based on Hollywood Burglars, “The Bling Ring”

     December 5, 2011


Sofia Coppola recently plumbed the depths of a Hollywood star’s existential angst in Somewhere, and it looks like she’s going to continue looking out her window for material.  According to TMZ (via BleedingCool), Coppola is developing a film based on the “Burglar Bunch” (bad name) aka “The Bling Ring” (catchier name).  The group consisted of bored teenagers Calabasas, California who robbed the homes of the rich and famous from October 2008 through August 2009.  They reportedly stole over $3 million in clothes and jewelry from celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The Bling Ring became the subject of a Vanity Fair piece by Nancy Jo Sales entitled “The Suspects Wore Louboutins“.  Sales said the group “were motivated by vanity and celebrity-worship.”

Bling Ring member Nick Prugo declined to consult on the movie, but Tess Taylor, sister of Buncher/former reality-TV star Alexis Neiers, has signed on.  Coppola did not return calls to confirm the story, and TMZ reports that the movie doesn’t have a start date or even a script.  It may not even be Coppola’s next film.    Hit the jump for more.

If I’m able to find time to read the full Vanity Fair article later today, I’ll update the story with more thoughts on the project.  I was only previously aware of Neiers because E!’s The Soup had a field day with her hilarious/almost-depressing-but-not-really behavior.  Check it out below:


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