December 13, 2008- A Note From Stephenie Meyer to Fans
There's been a lot of worry and speculation on the boards lately, and I want to let you know what's going on.
First of all, like you, I'm sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I'm going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I'm looking forward to every movie she does in the future.
And she didn't leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.
Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They've asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and I am very pleased to announce that he's agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.)
I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.
Below is a letter from Chris to you. I think you'll get a glimpse in this note of how cool it's going to be having Chris as part of our community.
Click here to read the Letter From Chris Weitz to Fans Regarding New Moon
P.S. We have new Twilight Apparel and Bags in the shop now at www.twilightapparel.com!
Dec 10, 2008, 01:00 PM by Nicole Sperling from
Summit Entertainment has tentatively slated Nov. 20, 2009, as the release date for New Moon, the Twilight sequel, which means any director who signs on to replace Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has to be in Vancouver by Dec. 15 to begin 12 weeks of preproduction before a mid-March start date. Reports have speculated that Hardwicke was fired for being difficult on set, but sources close to her suggest Summit's aggressive production schedule turned her off. "She'd love to do the sequel if she could do it better than Twilight," says one. "It became clear that Summit didn't have those same priorities."
Indeed, at press time the second movie appeared to have little more than a rough first-draft working script. As Summit's production president Erik Feig told EW during Twilight's record-busting first weekend, "There is that first...script. All the finesse that turns a screenplay into a movie hasn't happened yet." Two weeks later, Summit is saying it's happy with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg's progress.
Another of Hardwicke's primary concerns was that hunky vampire Edward remains MIA throughout New Moon's middle portion. In her own opening-weekend interview, she told EW, "You have to get the chemistry as strong between Jacob and Bella as it was between Bella and Edward. You also have to do something with that arc: She's in love with somebody, he disappears, she falls in love with someone else, and the first guy comes back. Movies like Pearl Harbor have tried it. It absolutely didn't work."
With or without Hardwicke, Summit faces other snags. Two sources tell EW the studio doesn't want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner (pictured) as Jacob, though Lautner's agent has apparently reached out to the imaging company behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in an attempt to demonstrate to Summit how a digitally bulked-up Lautner could work. (Summit says it won't make a decision until a new filmmaker is on board.) There's also the matter of finding a cast of Native American actors to play Jacob's werewolf clan — a difficult challenge Hardwicke was also faced with before settling on Lautner, who isn't completely Native American. And with a slightly increased budget of $50 million — much of which is assumed will go to leads asking for heftier paydays, location shoots in Italy, and ramped-up F/X — Summit will have to scrimp somewhere.
So what director would want to take on such a big headache? Well, at press time, an offer was out to Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), who put Summit on the map years ago when its foreign sales operation made tons of cash off of his first film, American Pie. (One source says Weitz has already had conversations with below-the-line crew for New Moon.) "We are in a recession," reminds one Hollywood insider. "It's a hit franchise. Whoever steps into it is guaranteed a $100 million gross. Everyone wants this movie." Adds an exec at another studio, "You'd have to have a very high standard for art, hate the movie business, and hate money to walk off this sequel."
How is the Twilight fandom is different from the Harry Potter movies? I think you've mentioned that the sound of the screams is even different.
It's different because I think it's almost solely females of a certain age group, and they have a very specific tone. It's much more to do with the sort of sexuality aspect of it. So many girls made this guy [their ideal], so when they see you it's like all of their energy is projected onto you. It's a really strange experience. I've never been in an experience where people just want to touch you — it's like being in a boy band.
Is it weird to have girls that are so young have this incredibly sexualized thing around you?It's weird that you get 8-year-old girls coming up to you saying, "Can you just bite me? I want you to bite me." It is really strange how young the girls are, considering the book is based on the virtues of chastity, but I think it has the opposite effect on its readers though. [Laughs]
Do you think that's part of it, though? One of the things that seems to make Edward so attractive to younger girls is that you can have it both ways. He's the ultimate bad boy, and someone that you shouldn't want, who would never harm you.That's exactly what it is. It's a certain type of girl. I don't know what it is — when you look at fan sites [you can tell] — but there's definitely a very large fleet of people, it's actually Americans, that want those type of guys. In the book she knows the whole time [he's not going to hurt her], but Kristen [Stewart] and I tried to make it more not caring, more unpredictable. It's what I liked about the story — he's literally holding himself back every single turn, never lets up.
He's such a sort of gentlemanly character, and Kristen and I really, really emphasized that — especially when there are intimate scenes. When we did the blocking for the kissing scenes, we would be going way further than [director] Catherine [Hardwicke] thought.
And why did you want to push it in that direction?I guess to sort of scare little girls and stuff. [Laughs] I mean, people who read the books won't be expecting it, and, for a younger person's film, it's also quite shocking. When I read that scene in the book I thought it was kind of sexy, and then when you translate it onto film, the kissing is a little like a thing out of a TV series. So I thought, "How can we make this thing a little bit on the verge of wrong?"
I think a lot of people have already judged the film before they even started shooting us, and I didn't want to be part of a film that was just a cash-in thing. So we tried to take as many risks as we could, and tried to make it a little bit more serious than people expect. It's quite difficult to take too many risks.
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Five Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Robert Pattinson:
- Robert Pattinson was often taken advantage of by his older siblings. "Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as 'Claudia'!" the actor told the BBC.
- Robert Pattinson became known to his fans as 'Spunk Ransom' after admitting he disliked his name. "I hate any reference to my name," he told MTV. "I wish people would just completely invent a new one." 'Spunk Ransom' was Pattinson's suggested alternative.
- Robert Pattinson, who plays piano and guitar, has two songs featured in Twilight. "I cried the first time I heard the two songs," director Catherine Hardwicke told MTV. "They're deep; they're very soulful."
- While filming Twilight, Robert Pattinson injured himself on his very first shot. "I wasn't even doing a stunt. I was just trying to pick up Kristen [Stewart] and I almost tore my hamstring because I hadn't been doing enough squats," the actor told the Los Angeles Times. "It was very embarrassing."
- While on the Twilight set, an enthusiastic fan asked a crew member to bring her baby on set and have Robert Pattinson take a photo with the child. "So there's a photo of me like biting a baby's head," he said.
SUMMIT BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW MOON DIRECTOR
Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2008 – Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted TWILIGHT film franchise. Summit's targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke's required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for NEW MOON.
"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct NEW MOON," said Hardwicke. "Directing TWILIGHT has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel– it is a great story."
"Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the TWILIGHT franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects," said Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. "We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch."
Thu., Dec. 4, 2008 12:01 PM PST by Breanne L. Heldman
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The Twilighters are hissing and the Potterphiles are brandishing their wands credit cards.
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter-inspired The Tales of Beedle the Bard, lands on bookstore shelves today, sending salivating fans queuing up for a copy of the five stories that guided Harry, Ron and Hermione through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Borders and Barnes & Noble haven't seen lines like this since the August release of Breaking Dawn, the record-breaking fourth installment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.
The vampire romance has stolen some of Potter's magical thunder—as well as the hearts of fan(g)girls—at the bookstore, and at the box office; Twilight cashed in after taking over the release date vacated by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
We just want to know who would win in a head to scarred-head clash: Harry vs. Edward, Daniel Radcliffe vs. Robert Pattinson or J.K. vs. Stephenie? The Fandemonium Fight to the Finish
Who will win the bookstore bullfight?
Cast your vote by visiting E! online:
Results at the time of this post:
46.7% The Potterphiles are quick with their wands
53.3% Those Twilight fanggirls are out for blood
New Twilight clothes and bags have been released for the holidays at Twilight Apparel.
"Twilight" tourists flock to tiny Forks, Wash.
by Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian
Monday December 01, 2008, 8:44 AM
FORKS, Wash. -- Not even the most avid civic booster would mistake "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's description of Forks as the stuff of tourism dreams.
A typical passage from Meyer's mega-best-seller goes like this: "Thick fog was all I could see out my window in the morning, and I could feel the claustrophobia creeping up on me. You could never see the sky here; it was like a cage."
As "Twilight" fans know, Meyer is the Phoenix, Ariz., stay-at-home mother who created the pop-culture phenomenon known as the "Twilight Saga," the story of a human teenager, Bella Swan, who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire teenager.
When Meyer was writing "Twilight," she researched towns known for their rainfall. This was important because Meyer's vampires -- unlike Count Dracula and his ilk -- walk around in daylight. But Meyer's vamps prefer cloudy climes, since sunlight makes their skin sparkle like diamonds, which, not surprisingly, tends to make them stand out in a crowd.
Enter Forks -- famous for its proximity to Olympic National Park and for its reputation as the rainiest spot in the contiguous U.S. Meyer had never visited Forks when she wrote "Twilight," but her fictional description was both accurate and unexpectedly alluring enough to turn this former logging community into ground zero for "Twilighters."
Although the movie version of Meyer's hugely popular book was largely filmed in -- ssssh -- Oregon, the "Twilight" faithful are still making pilgrimages to the one-stoplight town of Forks. It's also a town without a movie theater, which meant that the weekend "Twilight" opened in theaters -- earning a jaw-dropping $69.6 million -- fans had to go to Port Angeles, about an hour and 15 minutes away.
"It's not right that they shot it in Oregon," said Heidi Marshall, manager of the espresso stand inside Forks Outfitters, which houses a Thriftway grocery, Ace Hardware, and apparel and outdoor-equipment stores. "It would've been nice if they could have shot some of it here.
"But," Marshall added with a smile, "we get all the tourists, anyway."
In Forks, "Twilight" is as pervasive as morning mist. During the movie's opening weekend, the espresso stand featured a "Twilight Special: Chocolate Raspberry Latte." Other businesses around town offer "Twilight Delights" (candy); the "Bella Burger" (named after the novel's heroine); "Bellalasagna"; and "Bella Berry Pie." At Forks Outfitters, you can buy "Forks Fang Club" and "Vampire Capital, Forks, Washington" shirts.
From Portland, Forks is about a five- to six-hour drive, depending on how long you stop for lunch. The lodging options range from bed-and-breakfasts to motels, lodges and cabins, many offering "Twilight"-themed rooms (the Pacific Inn Motel and Dew Drop Inn, for example).
For most Forks "Twilighter" tourists, first stop is the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. In a concise image of Forks Then and Now, tourists walk past the Timber Museum to instead take pictures in front of a 1953 red Chevy pickup, with a license plate reading "BELLA," the most visible symbol of how the chamber has gotten into the "Twilight" tourism business. The chamber's "Twilight" arsenal includes the truck -- a double for the model Bella drives in the book -- tours, souvenirs and albums of letters sent from all over the world to the book's characters.
On a recent Friday, visitors clustered around the album, amazed that a guy from Ghana sent love letters to Bella, or that someone else offered a scholarship to Rosalie (Edward's vampire "sister").
"We're all laughing, but we came here to see all this stuff," admitted Barb Allshouse, 42, who had traveled from Louisville, Ohio, with her 17-year-old daughter, her sister and a friend, devoted "Twilighters" all.
The group picked up maps for a self-guided tour of "Twilight" hot spots. For a tour, it's a pretty prosaic itinerary, consisting of actual places mentioned in the book (the hospital, the police station, the high school), a local house that has been designated the home of the Swans, the Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, a stand-in for the home of the Cullens, the vampire clan, and nearby (12 miles away) La Push.
Allshouse's sister, Travie Hlava, 39, was straightforward about the impact that Meyer's books -- "Twilight," and its sequels, "New Moon," "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn" -- have had. "They've changed our lives," Hlava said. The books inspired the sisters to write, and take bold steps -- like this journey to Forks.
"The books awakened passion," Allshouse said. "Bella is a very ordinary girl, but so much happens to her. If you believe that magical things can happen in ordinary places, then magical things could happen to me. Not falling in love with a teenage vampire, but ..."
Off to one side of the visitor center, manager Mike Gurling was doing a phone interview with People magazine. By this time, Gurling, an amiable former Olympic National Park ranger, has his rap down. He explained that the movie didn't shoot in Forks because Oregon offered better incentives and tax breaks to the production. But Forks has welcomed visitors from all over the world. The town is thrilled at all the media attention.
Mayor Nedra Reed agrees that "Twilight" has been a much-needed boost. "It is probably the most important asset our community has, as we're trying to deal with the decline in the timber industry and, recently, the decline in the economy." Reed says that income from the hotel/motel tax has been up 15 percent over last year and really spiked during the summer.
In the town's small central shopping area, an enterprising Vancouver resident named Annette Bruno-Root was celebrating both the opening of the movie and the grand opening of her store, Dazzled by Twilight. Teenage girls posed for giggling photos next to a life-size cutout of Robert Pattinson, the smoldering-eyed, awesomely haired Brit who plays Edward in the movie. They pored over shirts that read "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob," and eyeballed pins and magnets saying, "I kissed a werewolf and I liked it," "O.C.D. Obsessive Cullen Disorder" and "Why So Sullen, Edward Cullen?"
Bruno-Root opened the store, she said, because she came to Forks as a fan and wanted more "Twilight"-themed merchandise than she found. On maternity leave from her job as a social worker for the state of Washington, Bruno-Root and her family have been dividing their time between Forks and Vancouver. "This store evolved out of my need as a fan," said Bruno-Root, who was wearing a "Twilight" T-shirt.
"Twilight" fans share similar rituals -- reading the books obsessively, then re-reading them again -- and Bruno-Root is no different.
"I read the first three books in two days," she said. She keeps re-reading because, "when I finish them, I feel very sad, as if my friends are gone." Though Meyer's novels are categorized for young readers, Bruno-Root says anyone can enjoy them. "I love her writing style and the character development. They don't feel dumbed down."
And the love story between the average teen and dazzlingly handsome vampire doesn't hurt, either. "It doesn't matter how old you are," she said, "everyone wants an Edward."