Gina Coppola directs promising documentary about the mega-fans behind boy bands


The documentary seeks to shine a curious spotlight on the backbone of the boy band – the superfans who raise them.

Director and producer Gia Coppola has announced her entry into the documentary field, ready to direct Superfans: shouting. Tears. To throw up, a docu-film exploring boy band fan culture. He will seek to answer the question: what makes a superfan tick?

Inspired by Maria Sherman’s 2020 book Larger Than Life: A History Of Boy Groups From NKOTB To BTS, the documentary film will similarly explore the influence of 80s boy band admiration and unconditional allegiance to modernity, through New Edition and One Direction. Coppola will have dual authority over the project, also co-producing the film alongside Jason Bateman’s production company Aggregate Films.

Coppola’s last complete project was Main stream in 2020, with Andrew Garfield and Maya Hawke. The young creator has also directed stellar music videos, from Yves Tumor’s “Applaud” to Blood Orange’s “You’re Not Good Enough.”

The overall devotion that comes with the territory of being an acclaimed “superfan” produces curiosity about outsiders. Coppola knows this territory well though, admitting when announcing the film: “I’m a proud pop fangirl, so the opportunity to translate Maria’s contemporary, sharp and fun book into documentary form, a format in which I wanted to try me, is more than exciting.

Superfans: shouting. Tears. To throw upis in the works and has not yet announced a release date.


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