THE LATEST IN TRANSLATION: Could red-hot filmmaker Sofia Coppola be trading preppy sportswear for powdered wigs? According to sources in Paris, the Oscar-nominated director of “Lost in Translation” is plotting to do her next film about Marie Antoinette, the 18th-century French queen famous for her lavish style and legendary excess. Word has it Coppola has optioned Lady Antonia Fraser’s acclaimed biography, “Marie Antoinette: The Journey,” which revealed a rich, complex and misunderstood character. What’s more, Coppola recently took an exhaustive, private tour of Versailles, gaining access to Marie Antoinette’s private quarters, her recently restored theater and other rarely seen artifacts.

This story first appeared in the February 7, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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