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“I’m not making it for them”: Oscar-Winning Director Sofia Coppola Bites Back at Elvis Fans for Hogging the Spotlight After ‘Priscilla’ Paints the King in a Negative Light

Oscar-Winning Director Sofia Coppola Bites Back at Elvis Fans for Hogging the Spotlight After ‘Priscilla’ Paints the King in a Negative Light

Sofia Coppola, the famous film director who achieved stardom with her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides is currently facing some backlash with her upcoming movie, Priscilla. Coppola, who was born into a family of filmmakers, was always a talented individual and her numerous directorials stand proof of that. She is famously known for bringing out the hidden component in every script she works on and people love her for that.

Coppola’s distinctive vision and capacity to produce gorgeous and emotionally stirring movies are always welcomed by all. However, her upcoming movie, Priscilla, has been met with some harsh controversy as not many fans support the way Elvis Presley has been portrayed in the movie. Many have also stated that the movie paints the King of Rock and Roll in a negative light.

Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla Suffers Backlash Before Release

Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film Priscilla has been caught up in a controversy even before its release. Many Elvis Presley enthusiasts have condemned the movie, which is a biography of Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley’s ex-wife. The Elvis Estate is not pleased with Priscilla either and has even accused Coppola of filming the movie without their knowledge or permission and calling it a potential money grab.

Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley

The storyline and directing of the movie have reportedly also drawn criticism from the estate. Priscilla Presley, though, defended it and said she was pleased with it in response to the criticism. She also mentioned that she is actively involved with the production. Although the movie will not be released for a couple of months, it is unclear whether the controversy will affect the film’s release or performance.


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During an interview with the Financial TimesSofia Coppola shared that she was informed of the unofficial statement released by the Elvis Estate and the remarks that were made about her and her film. She went on to add that she was even denied permission to use Presley’s music in the film, which was a major setback for the young director. She said in the interview that,

“The Elvis estate is not happy. I remember Priscilla’s manager saying, ‘The Elvis fans are not going to like certain things.’ And I was like, ‘I’m not making it for them.'” 

This statement was shared by Sofia Coppola during an interview with the Financial Times.

Many have voiced their opinion on the movie and even claimed that the movie somewhat defames Elvis Presley and his work. Although it was supposed to be a feel-good movie, there is also a dark side to the movie and fans are quite enraged because of it. The movie portrays Presley’s drug addiction along with many other disturbing scenes that can potentially harm his public image.

The film is scheduled to be released on October 27, 2023, but it has already premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it received positive reviews from critics. The film chronicles Priscilla’s life from her teenage years to her marriage and the time revolving around her divorce from Elvis. The film is expected to have a tender and perceptive look at an intriguing and complicated lady.

Sofia Coppola’s Exceptional Performance in the Industry

The work Sofia Coppola put into the film business has been nothing short of sensational. She is one of the most prominent female filmmakers in Hollywood, and many have even complimented her work for its uniqueness, originality, and intelligence. The Virgin Suicides, Coppola’s directorial debut, was well-received both critically and commercially and even won several accolades. Coppola has been nominated for several honors, even winning one of her Academy Awards nominations.

Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves
Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves

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Additionally, Coppola is the first American woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. Coppola is also renowned for her screenwriting, producing, and acting skills. She has written and produced all of her own films, and she has also acted in several films, including The Godfather Part III and The Cotton Club. Coppola is a highly respected and acclaimed filmmaker who is also one of the few women to achieve success as a director in Hollywood.

Source: Financial Times

Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 400 published articles on FandomWire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 1 years’ time.