Sofia Coppola Was Working On A Pre-'Twilight' European Vampire Film Before 'Somewhere'

by Simon Dang
December 22, 2010 2:47 AM
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Two Alternate Posters For The Chateau Marmont-Set Film



Sofia Coppola's latest effort "Somewhere" has drawn many comparisons to her own life as a famous offspring but the writer-director has now revealed that, contrary to popular belief, she was actually "writing something else [before Johnny Marco] came to mind. I kept thinking about that character and got interested in doing a portrait of this guy."

"It's sort of embarrassing," she explained to Vulture. "After 'Marie Antoinette,' I was thinking, Oh, I feel like it's time for a vampire movie. So I was writing this vampire story, and then that character came in. It was before 'Twilight' and all that stuff... Yeah, he came into the story, but it was all set in Europe. And then I was writing the character of the daughter, and I asked my friend's daughter what books she would be reading, and she was explaining to me the plot of 'Twilight,' and I didn't know what it was. So that's why we have the daughter talking about that [in Somewhere]."

A European vampire film from the mind of Coppola? Damn, that might have been something to behold. The whole flirtation though may explain why Coppola was shortlisted not long ago as one of the candidates to tackle the two-part finale to the 'Twilight' franchise. The "Lost In Translation" and "Virgin Suicides" director notes, regarding the matter, that "they approached me. I had asked [Summit] about something else a while ago, but they approached me about that. I talked to them about it. I liked the first story, and I have so many friends' kids who love it. I think it's romantic. But yeah, I didn't end up doing it."

The job eventually went to Bill Condon but, hypothetically, how would someone with Coppola's sensibilities tackle the vampire-human love story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan? Evidently, she wasn't planning on doing it alone. "I was curious about doing that with my brother [Roman Coppola], who really knows a lot about [special effects]. I thought it would be a good balance. I've never done a lot of all that."

Coppola's "Somewhere" hits theaters this week -- we've also uncovered two alternate posters for the film by designer Akiko Stehrenberger, who is probably most famous for this poster of Michael Haneke's "Funny Games."


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