By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 16, 2013 at 6:0PM
New distributor A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Sofia Coppola’s new film “The Bling Ring,” starring Emma Watson, for a June release. The collaboration is unsurprising since the company is set to release “Bling Ring” producer (and Sofia’s brother) Roman Coppola’s latest film, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” in February.
Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” “Bling Ring” tells the real-life story of a group of rich kids from the San Fernando Valley who went nearly a year robbing celebrities’ homes before getting caught. Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, Paris Hilton (who was one of those robbed), Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga co-star.
"Sofia Coppola is an iconic American filmmaker and she has focused her distinctive style and uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist in 'The Bling Ring,'" said A24 principals David Fenkel, John Hodges and Daniel Katz. "We are thrilled to be working with her and look forward to bringing her undeniably fun and incredibly stylistic film to audiences nationwide."
Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola and Youree Henley produced. Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet of NALA Films, which co-financed the film; Michael Zakin and Francis Ford Coppola of American Zoetrope; and Fred Roos and Paul Rassam are executive producers.
A24 negotiated the deal with Bart Walker of ICM Partners and Barry Hirsch of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman on behalf of the filmmakers.
Formed last year, A24 will release "Ginger and Rosa" and "Spring Breakers" in 2013.