Members of Elvis Presley’s estate have reacted with disdain to the Sofia Coppola-directed biopic about Priscilla Presley and her relationship with the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Officials associated with the estate said that ‘Priscilla’ was made without the family’s knowledge or permission and ripped the film as ‘seeming like a college movie’.
They are tearing down the film as another cash grab by Priscilla Presley, who publicly feuded with her grandson over control of part of the estate of Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who died unexpectedly in January 2023.
‘Priscilla’ was written and directed by Sofia Coppola and is based on Priscilla’s famous 1985 memoir ‘Elvis and Me’, which tells the story of the famous couple’s early romance.
The real Elvis and Priscilla Presley on their wedding night in 1967. Their romance will be featured in the upcoming film ‘Priscilla’
Sofia Coppola wrote and directed the upcoming biopic starring Jacob Ellordi and Cali Spaney
Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi will play Elvis, and Kylie Spaney, who starred in The Mayor of Easttown, will take on the title role.
A person connected to the estate has reportedly seen the film and described Coppola’s writing and direction as ‘terrible,’ according to TMZ.
They add the entire production ‘feels like a college movie.’
‘The set designs are just awful, it doesn’t look like Graceland,’ they said.
Priscilla herself, on the other hand, feels differently about the film.
‘I am so excited to see the brilliant Sofia Coppola interpret my book. He has such an extraordinary vision and I have always been such an admirer of his work.
‘I am sure this movie will take everyone on an emotional journey,’ said 78-year-old Priscilla.
The film, which is due in October, follows Elvis and Priscilla from their first wedding in 1967 to their divorce six years later.
The trailer, which was released five months after the death of the couple’s child Lisa Marie Presley, gives a glimpse of their life together.
The film would be released a year after Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic debuted and was received as a critical and commercial success. The movie earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Picture for Austin Butler’s portrayal of the musical icon.
Elordi and Spaeny in the trailer for the new film, which will focus on the love story of Elvis and Priscilla. The film has been condemned by some connected to the Elvis estate.
The book is based on Priscilla’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. An Elvis estate insider said: ‘The set designs are just awful, it doesn’t look like Graceland.’
The film will arrive in October, more than a year after Baz Luhrmann’s successful Elvis biopic debuted
Elvis and Priscilla with their youngest daughter Lisa Marie, who died earlier this year aged 54
Days earlier, Priscilla settled a legal battle over control of her late daughter’s estate, giving it to her granddaughter, Riley Keough.
In a recently signed settlement, Priscilla, 78, agreed – for an undisclosed sum of $1.4 million and 10 years – to relinquish control of her late daughter’s Promenade Trust, leaving Riley, 34, and TV star Davy Jones, six, as sole trustees.
Shortly after the agreement was signed, Priscilla filed a motion with LA Probate Judge Lynn Scaduto to seal the financial details of the settlement from the public.
‘The settlement agreement contains personal details relating to my daughter’s trust which could benefit my two minor granddaughters (14-year-old Harper and Finley, the children of Lisa Marie’s fourth husband Michael Lockwood, 62).’
The agreement between Priscilla and Riley settles an alleged dispute between the two when, just two weeks after Lisa Marie’s death in January, Priscilla filed a legal challenge to her daughter’s will – which gave Riley control of the Promenade Trust.
In recent days, Priscilla Presley settled a legal matter regarding control over her late daughter’s trust. Her granddaughter Riley Keough was given control of the trust, but Priscilla will be paid an undisclosed amount annually for the duration of her life.
Riley reportedly became furious when her grandmother went to court to contest the will.
But in her motion to seal, Priscilla denied the idea of a dispute and said she fired the lawyers who filed her petition against her will.
He wrote, ‘My January 2023 petition was misinterpreted in the press as a “fight” over my beloved daughter’s trust. ‘It was not intended. The petition was filed by a law firm, which has since been dismissed.
‘I have filed the petition to resolve any possible uncertainty surrounding the interpretation of the Promenade Trust.’
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