Lisa Marie Presley's Concerns Over Sofia Coppola's Script Portraying Her Father Elvis

She resented the way her father was portrayed in the script that was sent to her for review

by Sededin Dedovic
Lisa Marie Presley's Concerns Over Sofia Coppola's Script Portraying Her Father Elvis
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Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of the legendary Elvis Presley, tragically passed away in January at the age of 54. Her untimely death sent shockwaves through the world, leaving fans mourning the loss of a beloved figure.

However, before her passing, she found herself embroiled in a controversy concerning the portrayal of her iconic father in an upcoming film. In a heartfelt email exchange from the previous year, Lisa Marie communicated her concerns to director Sofia Coppola regarding the script for the movie "Priscilla." This film project, based on a 1985 book by Priscilla Presley, delves into the life and experiences of the rock and roll icon, Elvis Presley.

The media recently obtained access to these two emails, shedding light on Lisa Marie's passionate objections. In her correspondence with Sofia Coppola, she expressed her deep disapproval of how her father was depicted in the script.

"My father appears only as a predator and a manipulator," she wrote, "and as his daughter, I do not recognize this portrayal. I only see my father's description from my mother's perspective." These words, sent just four hours apart, reveal the profound emotional impact the script had on Lisa Marie.

In the second email, she voiced her perplexity, stating, "I'm reading this, and I only see your contemptuous and shockingly vindictive perspective, and I really don't understand why." Lisa Marie's heartfelt concerns about the portrayal of her father reflect her enduring love and devotion to him.

Her legacy lives on through her impassioned defense of her father's memory, ensuring that the world continues to remember Elvis Presley as a music legend rather than just a one-dimensional character on the silver screen. The controversy surrounding the film and Lisa Marie's heartfelt objections serve as a poignant reminder of the intricate challenges inherent in adapting real-life stories for the silver screen.

This is particularly true when it concerns the legacies of iconic figures like Elvis Presley, whose impact on culture and music is profound and multifaceted.