Even Sofia Coppola is facing obstacles in getting her projects approved by streaming giants. In an interview with The New York Times, the filmmaker disclosed that her previous collaborator, Apple TV, cancelled her series because they objected to having an “unlikeable woman” as the protagonist. (Also Read: Priscilla trailer: Sofia Coppola portrays the turbulent love story of Elvis Presley. Watch)
“The notion of an unsympathetic woman didn’t align with their vision. But that’s what I’m emphasizing about those in power,” Sofia said in the interview, elaborating on why Apple TV gradually decreased the budget for the five-hour limited series.
The series’ premise
Sophia’s series was based on Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel The Custom of the Country, which chronicles the journey of Undine Spragg, a social climber who persuades her wealthy parents to abandon the Midwest and relocate to New York. After settling in NYC, she ensnares a influential young man into marriage. However, her avarice and ambition ultimately undermine her relationship.
Sofia’s past collaboration with Apple TV
Sofia previously directed the 2020 dramedy On The Rocks for Apple TV. The film featured Rashida Jones and Bill Murray as a daughter-father duo, where Bill’s womanizing character and remorseful father advises his daughter that her husband is cheating on her under the guise of working late. She buys into it only to realize that her father’s theory stems more from his own regret than her husband’s potential infidelity. The film received mostly positive reviews.
Interestingly, once Sofia abandoned the idea of adapting The Custom of the Country for her series, she turned to reading Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N’ Roll. She then reached out to Priscilla, acquired the rights to the book, and has now directed a film adaptation with Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi in the lead roles. The movie is scheduled for release in US cinemas on November 3.
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