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Sofia Coppola books Marmont film

Director turns to Hollywood hotel for pic

Sofia Coppola is checking into a new hotel for her next project.

The writer-director who shot her “Lost in Translation” at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, practically making a character out of the antiseptic structure, will set her next film at the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning will star in the Focus Features dramedy “Somewhere,” which Coppola penned.

Story centers on a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life.

The filmmaker, who said she has been looking to make “an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles,” received permission to shoot at the hotel, which has become notorious in recent years as a popular address for tabloid-friendly celebs. Film will lense in L.A. and Italy in June and July.

Project reunites Coppola with the film company with which she made the critical darling and box office hit “Lost in Translation.”

“‘Lost in Translation’ remains among Focus’ most beloved movies, so we have long looked forward to making another picture with Sofia,” Focus CEO James Schamus said. “‘Somewhere’ will have all the witty, moving and empathetic qualities that characterize all her work.”

“Somewhere” is something of a family affair. Coppola is producing with brother Roman Coppola (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and G. Mac Brown (“Australia”) through American Zoetrope. Father Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos and Paul Rassam are exec producing.

Pathe will have rights to the film in France, Benelux and Switzerland; and Tohokushinsa is taking Japan and select Asian territories. Medusa Film will have rights to “Somewhere” in Italy, while Focus will control rights in all other territories.

Project marks Sofia Coppola’s fourth film. She also wrote and directed “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette.”

Fanning most recently starred in “Phoebe in Wonderland.”

Dorff will next appear in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” for Universal Pictures.

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