Last year at CinemaCon there was a lot of blatant Screening Room bashing going on by filmmakers and executives, but this year there’s been only hints of the film community’s thoughts on the studio push for premium VOD. On opening night before Sony’s presentation, an exhibition reel featured directors like Ava DuVernay extolling the theatrical experience.
Coppola said she was a fan of Don Siegel’s 1971 take on the Thomas Cullinan book, starring Clint Eastwood, but wanted to make a version “from the woman’s point of view.”
“There was a lot of sexual tension in the South,” Coppola said about the story, which follows a wounded Yankee soldier (in her film played by Colin Farrell) taking refuge at a Southern girls’ boarding school run by Nicole Kidman’s character.
Farrell was the only guy on set, but he didn’t have a problem with that. “I grew up with two sisters, a strong mother, and strong grandmother who was a seamstress.” He then went off on a tangent about how she could make any dress “out of a Cosmopolitan” magazine for the girls in his Dublin neighborhood. “There’s a point, I swear,” said Farrell.
Kirsten Dunst who was also present at The Beguiled session, said how great it was “to grow up in the industry” with Coppola, having starred in her feature directorial debut, 1999’s The Virgin Suicides. Adds the Fargo actress, “She throws me a look, and I know what to do.”
The Beguiled is one of those titles rumored to be headed to this year’s Cannes Film Festival.