Sofia Coppola, who has directed films such as Marie Antionette, has revealed that she had originally planned to make a vampire film of her own.
The main character of her current film Somewhere, Johnny Marco (a Hollywood actor estranged from his daughter), originated in the script of her initial vampire project:
“It’s sort of embarrassing. 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.”
“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].”
Sofia also confirmed that she was in the running to direct Breaking Dawn before Bill Condon snagged the job:
“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.”