Is this Sofia Coppola's next adaptation? Sure to raise more eyebrows

sofia coppola to adapt tipping the velvet?

Update: Eva Longoria and Beyonce are now denying any involvement in Tipping the Velvet. – “What makes me crazy is that there are quotes out there, quotes from me saying it’s true. But in fact it’s not true. And (there are) quotes of Beyonce saying it’s about time we had a female Brokeback Mountain. And we’re like, we never said that.” As for Sofia’s rumored involvement – no official word yet.

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There’s at least two ways to tell this story. An easy attention grabber would call for a base approach, maybe a title along the lines of “Beyonce’ Knowles and Eva Longoria To Get Lesbionic”. According to, the two are reportedly in talks to star in Tipping the Velvet, a film adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel (“a plot awash with graphic lesbian sex”, says Publishers Weekly), previously seen as a BBC miniseries. – via Cinematical.

More interesting, at least to a handful of observers, is the rumor that Sofia Coppola may be lined up to direct Velvet, in what would be her third book-to-film adaptation, following Virgin Suicides and Antoinette, allowing the much maligned director to further her complete disregard for “the safe route” in Hollywood. Say what you will about Coppola – her family’s wealth, fame, and backing – or her predisposition towards aesthetics, over say, substance – but you’ve got to hand it to her for chutzpah, if nothing else.

From Antonia Fraser, who collaborated with Sofia on developing her biography, Marie Antoinette: The Journey, into the screenplay, an example of the director’s cavalier approach:

“I reflected privately that Sofia is rather like Marie Antoinette (except she is not at all capricious), who didn’t like politics…When she asked me lightly, “Would it matter if I leave out the politics?,” I replied with absolute honesty, ‘Marie Antoinette would have adored that.'” – More from Fraser, on the adaptation – from Vanity Fair.

So yes – Beyonce’, Longoria – working “together” with erotic source material set in 1890’s London. That’s all well and good. But what about Sofia versus The Critics – Part 2? The controversy, intrinsic to the content, coupled with the attention of the two stars, could prove to equal or better all of the mud-slinging that led up to Antoinette’s debut in the states. Or so I hope.

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