Here are the Twilight Saga Teasers to compare. Which one do you think did the best job? Do you think Breaking Dawn 1 can top your favorite?
One of the producers of Twilight, Mark Morgan, (seen left at the New Moon premiere. Photo credit: Sue Schneider_MGp Agency) spoke to Hollywood Life about what the original draft of Twilight was like back when MTV/Parmount had it and Stephenie Meyer was a relatively unknown author. Twilight was purchased before it was even published as is fairly common in Hollywood. Many scripts are optioned, but something like only 20% ever get made. Despite flaws, I think we can all agree that the Melissa Rosenberg version is way better. The MTV/Paramount version represents typical big studio think where they repackage everything rather than taking the best from the original.
At the Eclipse Prom in 2008, Laura talked with Stephenie a bit about the project where Stephenie mentioned some details like Bella and Edward being pursued by the FBI/CIA, bullets harming vampires, and Bella being a track star at BYU. The conversation was relatively late at night and Laura actually thought she imagined most of it the next day. At the end of the discussion, Stephenie mentioned that the rights to the movie were now going to an independent studio and she’d have more control over the script, and she was hopeful for it looking like something the fans would like.
Here’s what producer Mark Morgan told Hollywood Life:
“I actually found the material originally and then [sold it to MTV] and then sold it to Paramount,” he confided. “Lo and behold, six months later, after we chose a writer [Melissa Rosenberg], we did a draft and [Paramount] put the project in turnaround.”
Mark noted that it was hard finding a buyer for the script — believe it or not, nobody wanted it! “We went shopping to every studio around, but everyone passed,” he told us. “Every studio passed! Finally [Summit] said ‘let’s do it.’ It was a total blessing that Summit [chose to do the movie], because frankly, Paramount would have chosen a different director [over Catherine Hardwicke]. Their rewrite wasn’t exactly like the book.”
So what WOULD you have seen in this parallel Twilight universe? “They wanted to go more with an action movie,” Mark explained. “They had Bella [Kristen Stewart] fighting back. They had her father dying in one of the scripts, actually, and her becoming a vampire in the first movie. There were a lot of weird things that I don’t think they understood at the time, because the books were just becoming popular. By the time [the script] got to Summit, they were smart enough to say ‘You know what? Let’s throw out all the old scripts and let’s start from scratch.”
So, does this information make you view the Twilight movies any differently?
This just in from Summit:
“Responding to the fans of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, Summit Entertainment announced today that it will re-release TWILIGHT, the first film in the franchise, at select theatres nationwide on November 19th, a day before the highly anticipated release of the movie’s sequel, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. Despite the first film already being on DVD, fans across the nation have been calling out to see the film once again on the big screen and the studio is honoring their request.
Summit is working with exhibitors to screen TWILIGHT one night only with screenings in the evening just before THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON arrives in theatres. Select theatres will offer tickets at a reduced price.”
Last week Reelz Channel did a whole segment on the locations used for the movie version of Twilight. the majority of those locations were in and around the Portland, Oregon area. They just added two outtake segments due to popular demand.
According to MTV, Sony pictures put up the question, ““What Would You Take With You In 2012?” Web site, set up as a viral marketing tool for November’s apocalyptic thriller “2012.”
Well not surprising to us, but perhaps surprising to the folks over at Sony, Twilight won. In fact Twilight won and we don’t really remember this particular poll being hyped on the fansites, ours or other sites. So, it really says something when Twilight beat out major competiton.
Check out the whole story on MTV.
You can vote for the Twilight soundtrack over at the World Soundtrack Academy. According to the site:
“All soundtrack and film music fans worldwide are asked to cast their vote for what they consider the best soundtrack of the past 12 months (for any film released between 1 JULY, 2008 and 30 JUNE, 2009). The soundtrack that gets the highest number of votes will receive the Public Choice Award. Only one vote is allowed per person. The voting procedure is monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The voting period is set from 2009-07-01 to 2009-09-15.”
Get full details on the World Soundtrack Academy voting here. TY to Glowie74 for the heads up.
Melissa Rosenberg signed Twilight scripts yesterday in Los Angeles at the festival of books. All proceeds went to support The Writer’s Guild.
Lexiconer Cindy, pictured left, writes in:
“I thought you might enjoy the photos of Melissa’s script signing session this afternoon at the LA Festival of Books at UCLA. My daughter, Caitlin, and I were first in line for her arrival and I was able to ask her if there was any news at all about Breaking Dawn. She said “nothing yet”… She was also very appreciative of everyone that turned out in support of The Writer’s Guild.
It was great chatting in line with other gals who had been to Comic Con as well as one who was older like myself and just getting into the extreme passionate fan-dom of Twilight. So it was really fun to share stories, anecdotes and updates with all of them while we waited for Melissa’s arrival. It was well worth the wait!”
We just received the following press release from Melissa Rosenberg’s representatives:
Script Signing at the LA Times Festival of Books
Melissa Rosenberg will be signing copies of TWILIGHT!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
2:00pm – 3:00pm
405 Hilgard Street
Los Angeles, CA
Melissa will be signing copies of the TWILIGHT script at the LA Times Festival of Books this Saturday, April 25 at 2pm.
You can purchase a copy of the TWILIGHT script (proceeds benefit the Writer’s Guild Foundation) and Melissa will happily sign it for you!
More information can be found here:http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/
Entertainment Weekly tracked down Melissa and asked her about the story on The Wrap about Breaking Dawn being in the works. Looks like Melissa has a whole other point of view because she hasn’t written the script yet:
“The most I’ve heard from Summit is ‘re-read it and start thinking about it.”
Additionally, EW states that “More telling, she hasn’t yet received one of the manifestos Meyers(sic) famously puts together before Rosenberg begins turning one of her books into a movie.”
Stephenie Meyer gave an interview to The Courier Mail about her feelings on the whole book to movie process.
“That was when that really hit me [that her book was being made into a movie]. I was sitting there at dinner the first night. Everyone came in costume, because they’d just done a photo shoot. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, these are imaginary people and here they are’ – very weird.”
The DVD is just coming out in Australia and Stephenie’s interview follows recent interviews given by Kristen Stewart and Ashley Greene to the Australian press.