New Moon Cast at Rome Film Festival

Cameron Bright, Melissa Rosenberg, Charlie Bewley, and Jamie Campbell-Bower were all at the Rome Film Festival to debut New Moon clips for the Italian fans.

“Breaking Dawn: will it be filmed? When?”
Rosenberg and the actors declined to answer, and only said they are perfectly happy with the first three films. (They didn’t say “We don’t know yet”, they actually skirted the question…) Rosenberg said she has chosen to focus on the emotional journey of the book, and tried to replicate it in her script. This meant condensing some scenes, expanding other scenes with more action sequences. In the first movie she was very protective of her script, and felt Meyer was a strong external influence; but this time she realized Meyer was very cooperative, and a pleasure to work with.”

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  1. “Condensing some scenes, expanding other scenes” – that doesn’t sound good. I don’t think Rosenberg’s tampering with Twilight in that respect worked at all, she should have worked closer with Stephanie for the Twilight script instead of being ‘protective’. Here’s joping Chris pulls it out of the bag.

    Interesting that they skirted the answer to the ‘Breaking Dawn’ question – I guess they will all be asked about this a lot when the New Moon promotion starts rolling so we’ll see if they all decline to comment (I bet they do!).

    BTW! I love Charlie Bewley!

    • That sounds wise to me. Inevitably, some scenes will have to be condensed, since a movie doesn’t have as much time to tell the story as a larger novel. It’s all part of wisely adapting and making smart decisions on what to expand, what to cut, how to compensate for some cuts, etc.

  2. BTW, does anyone know if we could expect videos of the clips shown in Rome to appear online? Apparently, they showed the scene of Edward leaving Bella. I wonder if someone was able to film it, since the exclusive scenes at ComicCon eventually appeared on YouTube.

  3. I don’t know, I think that sometimes when you try to adapt the book to film you can loose a lot of things, like what happened in Twilight. Take for instance Lord of the Rings, now that is a much larger book, and Peter Jackson respected almost everything in the book. That was a movie I truly enjoyed, since I didn’t have to worry about the parts they would modify, or the characters behaving differently.
    I hope this makes sense, anyways, that’s just how I feel. =)

    • Well, the Lord of the Rings were much larger films, and they had much larger budgets. In fact, a lot was changed in the Lord of the Rings movies: Gimli’s personality, Tom Bombadil was removed, many of the wizards were taken out, Faramir was changed quite a bit, etc. Still, I didn’t read the books before watching the films, and I deeply enjoyed them. It’s best to look at adaptations as someone who enjoys good movies first and foremost.

      As far as Twilight is concerned, I thought that the movie was incredibly faithful without losing too much. I did agree with some of the filler that they omitted.

    • I think that you don’t notice how much material the Lord of the Rings movies were missing because they were much larger projects. Twilight, by comparison, is smaller in scale. Still, they were faithful with the time that they had.

  4. Something else to add: the Lord of the Rings movies are quite different from the books. They even changed Gandalf’s encounter with Saruman, Gimli’s personality (he’s not really comic relief in the books), they also changed a bit of the Council in Rivendel, etc.

    While the films were generally well received, some readers of the book have decried certain changes made in the movie adaptation. Various changes to characters such as Gandalf, Aragorn, Arwen, Denethor, Faramir, Gimli, and even the main protagonist Frodo, and changes made to events (such as the Elves participating at the Battle of Helm’s Deep and Faramir taking the hobbits to Osgiliath, which were both absent from the books), when considered together, are seen to alter the tone and themes from those found in the book.

    Many have also decried the wholesale deletion of the penultimate chapter of the novel, “The Scouring of the Shire”, a part Tolkien felt thematically necessary.

    ackson once said that to simply summarise the story on screen would be a mess, and in his own words, “Sure, it’s not really The Lord of the Rings … but it could still be a pretty damn cool movie.”

    So, yes, the Lord of the Rings movies had many more changes than the Twilight adaptation, I’d say. :P Apples to oranges, though.

  5. mschicklet says:

    OK so what does that mean? Breaking Dawn has been “greenlit” 4 times, for goodness sake. And wasn’t it Boo Boo Stewart who said he was contracted for 3 films (Eclipse, BD 1 and BD 2?)

  6. BD will be made. They wouldn’t leave the movie saga unresolved after its successes so far.

  7. I too am sure they will make Breaking Dawn, maybe MR isn’t saying anything because she has not been asked to be the screenwriter. That maybe good news. I think new eyes and pen may be in order.

    I don’t mind leaving out(condensing) things from the book or even adding to a scene, but to leave out what is in the book and put in random stuff that makes no sense, adds nothing, or has anything to do with the story, that’s just plain foolish as far as I’m concerned. Example…the greenhouse scene in Twilight???? Or Edward’s affinity for trees?
    I digress, I think because Chris W. was a writer himself he took care of MR’s script flaws himself, and has done a fantastic job of it.

    • The greenhouse scene was added in as a way to let Bella express her frustrations with Edward. It was a condensed film version of several other scenes.

  8. “In the first movie she was very protective of her script, and felt Meyer was a strong external influence; but this time she realized Meyer was very cooperative, and a pleasure to work with.”

    This annoys me because MR shouldn’t be protective of something that isn’t hers. The Twilight Saga belongs to Stephenie and she has every right to step in and make corrections if she feels the script veers off course. Melissa should be the one listening to Stephenie and sticking to the book. It’s repulsive that Melissa thinks that she’s superior just because she writes out the script. When that happens the director needs to put them in their place, as Chris did for NM.

    • What’s important to remember is that the author is certainly not entitled to free reign over an adaptation when the studio has the current rights. Melissa is an incredibly gracious woman, and I don’t think that she meant the comment negatively, since we don’t exactly get to see the full context of the remark in a report. In fact, she even clarified that the cooperation with Stephenie progressively became much more open.

      It’s understandable, though. They want to adapt the books without feeling heavily scrutinized by the author. It has to be a respectful process.

  9. I find they lose a lot of things in the movie which i read in the book. It’s a shame, but i guess that’s just how it’s gotta be.

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