Sofia Coppola was one of the directors in consideration for Breaking Dawn before Bill Condon was chosen. She has talked about Breaking Dawn previously to MTV, and in a new interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, she talks about her love of vampire movies and how she seriously considered Breaking Dawn.
Stephen told me that when you began this movie, Johnny Marco wasn’t the main character.
Yeah, I was writing something else and this character came to mind. I kept thinking about that character and got interested in doing a portrait of this guy.
What was the original 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.
Was it kind of a Bret Easton Ellis, vampires-in-Hollywood type of thing?
Oh no, it was set in Europe.
And it just happened to involve a Hollywood star?
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].
And then life imitated art, because you were mentioned as a contender to direct the final Twilight installment, Breaking Dawn. Did you approach them, or did they approach you?
They approached me. I had asked [Summit] about something else a while ago, but they approached me about that.
Did you ever seriously consider the gig?
Yeah. Yeah, 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.
Would you be amenable to directing someone else’s story?
I like writing and doing the whole process, so I’m not sure. I want to be open to saying I’ll try other things, but I can’t imagine working from someone else’s script.
Breaking Dawn would have been a movie with a whole different scope than what you normally make, with a lot of special effects. Is that something you’re interested in doing?
You know, I was curious about doing that with my brother [Roman], who really knows a lot about that stuff. I thought it would be a good balance. I’ve never done a lot of all that.
Read the full interview at New York Magazine.