Filmmaker Sofia Coppola Opens Up About the Unfortunate Demise of Her Edith Wharton Series on Apple TV+

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola Opens Up About the Unfortunate Demise of Her Edith Wharton Series on Apple TV+

Sofia Coppola Reveals Disappointment Over Apple TV+ Cancellation of Wharton’s Adaptation

Renowned filmmaker Sofia Coppola shared her disappointment in a recent interview with the New Yorker, shedding light on the demise of her planned adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel “The Custom Of The Country” for Apple TV+.

The ambitious series, in development since May 2020, faced an unexpected shutdown in late 2021, leaving Coppola disheartened.

Unexpected Funding Cut by Apple TV+

Coppola, aged 52, expressed surprise when Apple TV+ executives pulled the funding for the project, which she had been working on for over a year.

Despite assuming the streaming platform had vast resources, she discovered that her vision for the series would not materialize.

Florence Pugh Cast as Lead in Unfulfilled Series

The acclaimed actress Florence Pugh had been cast as Undine Spragg, the central character attempting to establish herself in New York high society. However, the series was abruptly halted before production could be completed.

Divergence in Creative Vision with Apple TV+ Executives

Coppola revealed that the Apple TV+ executives, predominantly male, were hesitant about Undine Spragg’s character, deeming her “unlikable.”

The director likened it to a relationship that should have ended sooner, stating they “didn’t get” the character, reminiscent of iconic figures like Tony Soprano.

Challenges Faced by Female Filmmakers in the Industry

The filmmaker expressed concern about the challenges faced by female filmmakers, emphasizing the difficulty even established figures encounter in securing financing.

Coppola acknowledged the pervasive influence of straight men in decision-making roles within the industry.

Coppola’s Latest Success with “Priscilla”

Amid the setback, Sofia Coppola’s latest project, “Priscilla,” premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, garnering critical acclaim.

The film, released in November, has earned nearly $27.5 million worldwide, showcasing Coppola’s resilience and creativity in the face of industry challenges.

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