Sofia Coppola Delves into the Life of Priscilla Presley
This project adds a new dimension to Coppola’s diverse filmography, which has elegantly navigated various eras and landscapes, from the opulence of Versailles to the isolation of modern Tokyo.
The Inspiration: “Elvis and Me”
- Finding the Relatable in the Unrelatable: Coppola’s inspiration for this new venture comes from Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir, “Elvis and Me.” In it, Coppola discovered a narrative rich with glamour and the wildness of the 1960s American rock scene, yet grounded in the universally relatable themes of self-discovery and identity.
- Priscilla Presley: Beyond the Glamour: The film promises to delve deep into the life of a young woman navigating her identity and aspirations in the towering shadow of Elvis Presley, offering a nuanced portrayal that goes beyond surface-level glamour.
The Journey to “Priscilla”
- From Disappointment to Creation: Coppola’s journey to making “Priscilla” began with the collapse of her ambitious project adapting Edith Wharton’s “Custom of the Country.” Motivated by a friend’s advice, she shifted her focus to Priscilla Presley’s story.
- A Unique Collaboration: Despite Priscilla Presley’s initial reluctance to have her story adapted into a film, her admiration for Coppola’s previous works led to a unique collaboration. This partnership marks a significant step in bringing a deeply personal story to the silver screen.
A Unique Perspective in Filmmaking
Sofia Coppola, with her trademark approach that intertwines the extraordinary with the mundane, is set to offer a unique perspective on the life of Priscilla Presley. Her film, “Priscilla,” currently screening in select cities and set for a nationwide release, is poised to be a compelling addition to her acclaimed body of work.