Lisa Marie Presley Didn’t Like The Script Of Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’

Lisa Marie Presley Didn't Like The Script Of Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla'

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Critics have been enthusiastic about Sofia Coppola’s latest film, “Priscilla,” which is based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir detailing her relationship with Elvis Presley. However, one notable dissenter of the film’s script is reported to be Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis and Priscilla’s daughter, who expressed her concerns via email to Coppola prior to her untimely passing in January.

Variety has obtained these emails, and The Times has verified their authenticity. In her correspondence with Coppola, Lisa Marie conveyed her displeasure with the script, describing it as “shockingly vengeful and contemptuous.” She also expressed fears that the film could bring unwanted attention to her children and Elvis and Priscilla’s grandchildren, who were already dealing with the loss of Lisa Marie’s son, Benjamin Keough.

Lisa Marie’s emails, dated September 2022, focused on how her parents’ relationship would be portrayed to modern audiences. She criticized the film’s portrayal of her father as a predator and manipulative, and expressed her concerns about the film publicly.

Priscilla Presley, who served as one of the executive producers of the film, has been actively promoting it. Coppola’s representatives have declined to comment further on the email content.

Lisa Marie also worried that her mother might not fully grasp the nuances of the film or its potential impact on Elvis’s legacy. She voiced her concern that the movie’s intentions and outcomes might not align with Priscilla’s efforts to elevate her late husband’s legacy.

In response to Lisa Marie, Coppola expressed hope that the final film would change her perspective and assured her that she was treating Priscilla and Elvis with sensitivity and complexity.

Lisa Marie praised the 2022 film “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler, as an example of a fair portrayal of her family. She mentioned that it made her family feel proud and honored, as it depicted Elvis accurately.

“Priscilla” is set to open in theaters for wide release on November 3.

The film review by Times critic Justin Chang commends Coppola’s storytelling, noting its coherence and the looming sense of disintegration. Chang acknowledges that there are many aspects of Priscilla Presley’s life left unexplored in the film but appreciates the way Coppola concludes the movie when a dream dies and the thrill is gone.

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