There’ll be one less director in the Coppola filmmaking clan. After four years of marriage, ”Lost in Translation” writer-director Sofia Coppola and ”Adaptation” helmer Spike Jonze are splitting up, gossip columnist Liz Smith reported on Thursday. EW.com confirmed the report with Coppola’s publicist, who issued a brief statement that said in its entirety: ”It is with sadness that Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze have jointly announced that they are divorcing.”
Coppola, 32, and Jonze, 33, married in June 1999, the year each of them made their feature-film directing debuts, she with ”The Virgin Suicides” and he with ”Being John Malkovich.” (Before that, he was best known as the director of innovative music videos like Weezer’s ”Buddy Holly” and the Beastie Boys’ ”Sabotage,” while she had been known for her lackluster performance in papa Francis’ ”The Godfather Part III” as Michael Corleone’s daughter.) Since then, Jonze has gone on to earn further acclaim as the director of ”Adaptation” and Fatboy Slim’s ”Weapon of Choice” video, while she directed Bill Murray in ”Lost in Translation,” a 2003 indie hit and critical favorite. One day before the announcement of her impending divorce, the movie earned a Special Filmmaking Achievement citation from the National Board of Review, as well as four Independent Spirit Award nominations, including three for Coppola as writer, director, and producer.
In recent months, however, Coppola and Jonze have seldom been seen together (for instance, People magazine reported that Jonze missed September’s New York premiere of ”Translation”), prompting rumors that the marriage was over. Those rumors were met with official denials — until Thursday.