In 2011 James Franco released a book called Palo Alto Stories. It was a collection of short stories about troubled Californian teenagers in the city of Palo Alto, California. Why Palo Alto? Well, it’s because Franco grew up there.
The film is the debut from another Coppola: Gia, the niece of Sofia and granddaughter of Francis Ford. And really, her debut is the only interesting thing about this movie for me. Sure, it doesn’t look too bad. You’ve got some interconnecting stories and a thread about James Franco the soccer coach getting into an inappropriate relationship with Emma Roberts.
But I’ve heard iffy things about the source material, so this isn’t a movie I can get too excited about. Because really, when you have iffy source material it becomes a lot harder to adapt it into something worthwhile and good.
Which brings me back to my excitement for Gia Coppola. She’s from an extremely creative family that’s shown a knack for directing. Francis Ford has made some of the greatest films of all time. And while Sofia hasn’t measured up to her father’s impossible heights she’s churned out a couple great films herself.
So it’ll be interesting to see how the youngest Coppola director adjusts to the family business. And she’s not only directing it, but writing it as well.
Palo Alto does not yet have a release date.