Finally: boy band superfans will get their time to shine. Gia Coppola – the up-and-coming director behind the Andrew Garfield movie Mainstream and the Emma Roberts film Palo Alto – will direct a forthcoming documentary titled Superfans: Screaming. Crying. Throwing Up., Deadline reports. It will dive into the culture-shifting influence of dedicated fangirls.
The project is based on the 2020 book Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands From NKOTB to BTS by journalist Maria Sherman. It spotlights the fangirl experiences and movements of the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, which helped bands like New Edition, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, One Direction, and BTS become multibillion-dollar franchises and pop culture phenomena.
Superfans will also explore the unfair demonization of fangirl culture and shed new light on the power of passion, highlighting how fan groups have made a difference beyond making their respective boy bands successful: from 1D fan-generated LGBTQIA+ movements to the BTS ARMY’s support of Black Lives Matter.
Coppola will co-produce the project along with Jason Bateman’s production company Aggregate Films. Coppola's company Detour and global nonfiction entertainment studio XTR are also involved.
“When I started Larger Than Life half a decade ago, my ambition was to write something that did justice to boy band fans, to celebrate their enthusiasm, undeniable influence, and life-affirming joy. Telling that story on screen seemed like a total fantasy,” said Maria Sherman in a statement. “Superfans: Screaming. Crying. Throwing Up. could not be more appropriately titled; working with XTR, Aggregate, and the brilliant Gia Coppola is a dopamine hit that rivals shouting along to a pop song’s bridge. I mean, in the immortal words of One Direction, what a feeling!”
“I’m a proud pop fangirl, so the opportunity to translate Maria’s contemporary, sharp, fun book into documentary form, a format I’ve been craving to dabble in, is beyond exciting,” said Coppola. “I’m thrilled for the collaboration between the experienced creative partners at Aggregate and XTR.”
Superfans isn't the first time Coppola's work has involved the music world. Prior to creating her two feature films, she directed a handful of music videos: Yves Tumor’s “Applaud,” Blood Orange’s “You’re Not Good Enough,” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the Feeling” and “Your Type.”
No release date for the film has been announced yet. In the meantime, you can order Maria Sherman's book here.
See Maria Sherman's announcement of the film below.
🚨 SOME PERSONAL NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🚨 my boy band book is being adapted into a FANGIRL DOCUMENTARY by director GIA COPPOLA, jason bateman's aggregate films and oscar-nominated studio XTR https://t.co/jFV94mE3Bt— maria cristina sherman (@mariasherm) May 23, 2022
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Article Image: A large crowd of young One Direction fans (AKA "Directioners") wait for their favorite band to arrive for an outdoor event in 2013. (Solcito lauria [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)