Melissa Rosenberg Breaking Dawn 2 Interview Lexicon Exclusive part 2

We brought you part 1 yesterday you can read it here.

So, given this, of all these directors, who would you most like to collaborate on a future project with?

Certainly Bill, but I’d love to work with any one of them.  They all have very different strengths.  I actually asked Chris to work on a project with me but he turned me down.  I’d work with David in a heartbeat. There are projects I have that I’d totally bring to David.

Would you ever tackle writing for such an iconic book series again?

Absolutely. If I only ever did series adaptations I’d be happy.  To me you spend all this time building a world and rich characters and to just have that be over in one two hour film. It’s such a huge undertaking. If they are interesting enough, if the world is interesting enough, I want to see what happens next!  For Twilight Stephenie handed me this incredible map. I mean what a gift.  With those characters, that mythology, that journey just as a reader I kept think well what’s next?

I’m actually doing another adaptation for Paramount, Earthsea.  I want those characters to be interesting enough and to build it. It’s a responsibility when you adapt.

 If you could pick any Twilight character and write a sequel or spin-off for, who would you pick?

That’s a tough call. You’ve got Garrett and Kate, that could be quite fun.

But I think Leah. He’s probably the most unfinished character of the series.  She’s very unhappy and she lends herself to wondering how does her life work out. At the end of Breaking Dawn she’s happier, but not totally happy. 

Then again there’s also Jacob and Renesmee, that is just starting out as well. That could be good too.

I love the name of your production company, Tall Girl Prods. I’m 5’8” and I love that you’re proudly wearing 3 inch heels right now.  And I know that you are being recognized as a female writer at the Bold Ink Awards next week. Can you tell me what’s next on the Horizon for you?

 We just decided to house ourselves over at ABC. It’s been such a great time working on a midseason replacement series called Red Widow with them. It’s based on a Dutch series.  It stars Radha Mitchell and Goran Visnjich  and a very large ensemble cast. It’s about this woman who grew up in the Russian mob, and when her husband is assassinated she has to delve into the criminal world herself in order to protect her children.  It’s another strong, flawed, complex female character Over the course of the series she comes to realize she’s actually better at business than most of the men.

These are the stories that compel me. Women and girls who are flawed, complex, finding their place in the world and what their lives could be that’s what intersts me. It’s the story of Bella, of Earthsea…it’s the story of anything. I’m getting a little redundant I guess, but that’s what interests me.

Do you feel like doors are opening now for there to be more female driven franchises with these kinds of complex characters?

 You hope so. Every time there is a successful there is a successful female driven film, people start saying “Oh this is going to be a whole new thing” and it never is. So we have to be diligent and keep pushing. I think The Hunger Games, which granted was a successful book, but I don’t think it exists on screen without Twilight, or in fairness it would have had a much harder road to get studios to accept that kind of heroine.  They always think “will people show up to watch a female lead”?  I’m like yeah!  Studios are finally having an awareness that girls are box office! Up until this point it’s all been about teenage boys and what they’ll watch and what 13-year-old boys want. Well 13-year-old boys are home playing video games, and they’re not coming to the movies they way they used to. Studio are finally realizing maybe they aren’t your core audience. Look at Twilight.  Women will see a film several times in a row that speaks to them and they’ll bring their friends.   They’ll buy the DVD, the tee shirt, …everything the studios thought were just for boys.  And let’s face it, we’re a pretty frickin passionate audience!

Melissa Rosenberg Breaking Dawn Part 2 Exclusive Lexicon Interview Part 1

Yesterday, Laura was able to sit down with Melissa Rosenberg and chat with her one-on-one about the final Twilight saga installment. Here is Part 1. Part 2 Will be out tomorrow.

One of my favorite things when these books are made into movies is that point of view expands. The books are from Bella’s point of view, so unless she’s right there you only hear about things, or you have to surmise what happened in another location. In this movie the world opens up: we see Jake transform in front of Charlie, the acquisition of the witness vampires, and Irina in Volterra. Which of the expanded point of view scenes was your favorite to write?

Well certainly Jacob and Charlie. You picture that and you think, “well how did that happen?” Did Jacob just burst into fur, or did he probably take his clothes off first? And then if you’re Charlie, you’re like, “What’s going on boy, put your clothes on!” And when you know you have both of those actors (Billy Burke and Taylor Lautner) who are so great with comedy, you can really write to them, knowing their strengths.

I also liked writing the gathering of the vampires. Particularly them finding Garrett (Lee Pace). I spent a lot of time talking with Stephenie over this. She has very detailed backstories for all of them. Because you’re getting into meat-eaters now.

Exactly, you now have the T-Rexes of the vampires coming to Forks. The cuddly, vegetarian Triceratops Cullens aren’t the only ones.

Even Garrett, who is one of the good guys, is one, and that expands your range of what you can do with him. What is he like around people.

Who was the most fun of the new vampires to write dialogue for?

Definitely Garrett. Alistair too, he’s all gloom and doom, we’re all going to die.

That’s actually a very cool way he’s written in the film. I think on the pages of the novel he gets a little lost in that vast influx of vampires, and people just remember him as a moody guy who goes to the attic. They don’t have a firm sense of who he is. I felt when I watched the film that he was a bit of a foil to the optimistic outlook of the Cullens. He was the voice of reality. Did you feel that way in writing it?

That is suggested in the books too. He is sort of the naysayer. They’re all going, “It’s fine we’re going to win” and he’s going, “I’ve been around forever. I’ve seen a lot. It’s a load of crap. You are not going to win.”

I honestly wrote major scenes for all of the new vampires, and then it comes to decisions. Is the action of the storytelling slowing down or even stopping. You have to start picking, and you feel like you are killing your children. It came down to who is driving the story forward the most.

Was coming up with who had a more prominent role among the new vampires a collaborative choice with you Bill Condon and Stephenie Meyer?

It was totally collaborative. We started looking at what was the emotional arc of the story. What pieces do you need to structure that. And in doing this, pieces start to naturally fall out. Some people you have to have with a speaking role, and others it breaks your heart . You go through feeling, “I wrote this scene. I love this scene”. And then you know it’s just not going to make it. And even sometimes things are shot, but later on in editing they have to make decisions and things go. I know there were some things I really loved with the new covens that didn’t make the final cut.

Well, hope spring eternal on the DVD.

You’ve worked on all the films, and in doing so you’ve had four different directors. Some came from a writing background, others purely from a director’s view. Looking back, who were you the most collaborative with?

Definitely Catherine Hardwicke on the first film. We had very, very little time. We had 5 weeks and we knew the writers strike was coming and we were trying to beat the clock to get it done. I’d write something, show it to her, get her feedback, revise, it was intense! Unfortunately, then the writer’s strike happened and I had less ongoing collaboration with her than I would have liked.

The next two movies were written ( New Moon and Eclipse) before the directors came on. I think I had more collaboration with David Slade as rewrites started.

But in reality, thinking about it, the deepest collaboration I had was with Bill Condon. I had written the outlines for the two movies, but I had no actual script. So, he came in at that stage. He’s an academy award winning writer, and that kind of thing can go either way. You can have someone who is like, “I’m a writer, but I don’t know how to tell you what I want so I’m just going to do it myself” which is certainly legitimate. I think Chris Wietz is more in that vein, which was fantastic with things he did it was a great job. Then, on the other hand, you have the writer/director who knows exactly what he wants and how to articulate it. And when you have Bill Condon as an academy award winning writer he’s uniquely qualified to articulate it. So when we first sat down he said, “I don’t want to write this. I want you to write this”, and at that point I was so tired and I thought, “really, don’t you want a part of it”? He made me work for my money (laughs) , but it was collaborative. It was hours and hours of bouncing ideas off each other.

I’d write an action sequence and give it to him. He’d give it to the stunt coordinators for their feedback and get their notes and I’d revise. I actually went down to Louisiana with him before shooting to talk some more. It was one of the best collaborations in my career.

Twilight Lexicon Interview: Amadou Ly Talks French Coven and Hints at Surprises in Breaking Dawn Part 2

Lori Joffs had the chance to talk with Amadou Ly in a phone interview about a week ago. After she introduced herself, she  explained that she was part of the interview team (Twilight Series Theories, Twilight Examiner, and Twilight Facebook) that got him and Janelle Froehlich to talk about a few things that were maybe a bit of a secret still. You can watch the video of this interview as well as the one we did with Melissa Rosenberg for more information about the French Coven.

Twilight Lexicon: Let me tell you what happened. We had heard about the French coven and I hadn’t really put a lot of thought into it. Then when I saw you, it clicked in my mind that you have a striking resemblance to Edi Gathegi. That’s where the whole conversation came from. Have you met Edi Gathegi?

Amadou: Yes, I met him that night at the premiere actually. He was a really nice guy and I told him how much I admire his work.

Twilight Lexicon: The interview we did with you – and when we spoke to Melissa Rosenberg she mentioned some stuff about the French coven – I have to tell you that it has been stirring up quite a bit of conversation in the fandom. How does that make you feel?

Amadou: When the made the announcement of the new French coven, it little went from like zero to sky rocket. Then three days later you have the Spectrum stating that I’m one of the French vampires to watch out for. It’s definitely a great feeling and I’m really grateful to see the positive reaction so far. And I really think [fans] are going to love it – they’re going to love the French vampires simply because there’s going to be something new for the fans to see. And we’re also speaking French in the film.

Twilight Lexicon: How much of your dialogue is in French?

Amadou: I don’t know. You might have to wait and see!

Twilight Lexicon: There are a few fans who have commented on our website who are worried that by adding a coven we are going to lose some parts that were in the book originally. How would you respond to them?

Amadou: Melissa Rosenberg and Stephenie Meyer actually added a bonus coven for the fans. I think once [the fans] give it a chance and take a look at what’s being revealed by adding the new French coven, I think they’ll totally be happy with the addition of the new coven. So far what I’ve read has been positive and I’m glad [fans] are embracing it the way they are at the moment.

Twilight Lexicon: Your personal story is so unique and you’ve been sharing touches of your own personal story in various interviews. You’re from Senegal.

Amadou: Yes.

Twilight Lexicon: When did you first come to the United States?

Amadou: I came to the US on Sept. 10, 2001.

Twilight Lexicon: And then you became a student in search of a visa.

Amadou: I was undocumented for a few years and then I received my F1 visa and my green card.

Twilight Lexicon: But yet through all of your struggles you’ve ended up in this major franchise kind of living a dream life!

Amadou: Totally! From being in Senegal to overcoming all those obstacles that were in my way and then growing up in Harlem and living on my own since I was 14 then dealing with immigration at 18 to the point where I was pretty close to being deported – yes! At the moment I can happily say I am totally living a dream life!

Twilight Lexicon: Do you see yourself as a source of inspiration to young people? I mean, so many kids now a days are giving up way too soon on life and their dreams. What kind of advice would you give to them about not giving up?

Amadou: When I was a kid growing up in Harlem I was circled by a lot of negativity. I learned a lot of great things, but the truth is, I was circled by a lot of negativity whether it was gang members or drug dealers or killers. Therefore, what I did was I found voices that spoke to me or spoke to my soul. Those voices were from Sydney Poitier or Oprah Winfrey, and at the same time reading different type of books from The Alchemist to Tuesday’s with Morrie to make me appreciate life more and understand that there is going to be struggle in life, struggles are here to be overcame. Once I learned that there’s going to be struggles everywhere you go, it just made things easier. As a matter of fact, it made me become more excited for more struggles. I don’t know if that sounds right to you?

Twilight Lexicon: That sounds exactly right. That you’re excited to see what you can learn and how you can grow in the future.

Amadou: Exactly. Throughout the years I’ve developed a mechanism where we can’t let the small things bother you, but at the same time, we’re all human. We still go through struggles every day.

Twilight Lexicon: You said in one of the interviews that I read that Effie in Dreamgirls was one of your personal inspirations.

Amadou: Totally. I remember in 2006 when I was watching Dreamgirls. Looking at the character Effie and how much she wanted to pursue her dreams yet there’s this huge speed bump. Just looking at everything that she had to go through. Literally it told me to keep going and that it is more than possible. So watching Bill Condon direct in that film and then having the opportunity to work with Bill Condon in Twilight at this stage – it’s a dream that came true!

Twilight Lexicon: Almost like a full circle moment.

Amadou: Yes. Totally. I even told them this at the premiere. I’ve been living a dream and I think some of the people just question how much I smile or how I laugh a lot. It’s because I’m living a dream! They have no idea!

Twilight Lexicon: You do! You smile from ear to ear. When people were asking me about what was memorable [from the premiere], I mentioned you and how huge your smile was.

Amadou: Thank you! I believe in positivity. I believe in great energy. And I believe that we are all one. Therefore, do your part and smile and you never know – that smile may make someone else’s day.

Twilight Lexicon: We always ask in interviews if you have any upcoming projects that they want the fandom to know about because – as I hope you will learn about the Twilight fandom is that we like to follow actors in other things that they do! SO what upcoming projects do you have?

Amadou: I’m working with director Jessica Goldberg on a project where I’m playing an immigrant whose story is pretty close to my personal life story. So you should totally look out for that. But at the moment we are in the early stages. I’m also writing a pilot that I’m working on and I think that’s going to be amazing. [Fans] can follow my on twitter @AmadouLy where I will keep them updated on every single thing that I’m working on. So far the fans have been lovely and very supportive. I’ve very grateful to have their presence.

Twilight Lexicon: Is there anything else you’d like to say to the fans?

Amadou: Thank you for making Breaking Dawn Part 1 number one in the world. (Note: At the time of the interview, the film was in I’s 2nd week at number 1.) It is mind blowing how they have supported Breaking Dawn 1. However, Breaking Dawn 2 is coming! It is the final. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you scared. After all, it is the end of Twilight and Twilight is a generation. You will have to go and watch Breaking Dawn 2, because generations will go by and everyone will look back and they’ll talk about Breaking Dawn 2.

Twilight Lexicon They’ll say, “Where were you when?”

Amadou: Exactly! Everyone will look back and say, “Do you remember this scene? Do you remember the fight scene? Do you remember other scenes?” And trust me, you will want to remember it because you will want to remember the momentum and the energy. Bill Condon did such an amazing job. And you have the new French coven to watch out for! And there’s a lot of other surprises! Who knows – there might be a twist coming around your way!

Twilight Lexicon: Well, we are excited for it! Thank you so much for talking with me.

Amadou: Thank you so much. I enjoyed this, and I also enjoyed the other one! (Meaning the red carpet interview.)

The Twilight Lexicon Interviews Stephenie Meyer on the Breaking Dawn Premiere Carpet

Check out what Stephenie Meyer has to say about being producer and the soundtrack bands!

Eclipse Premiere: Kristen Stewart Interview

Again thanks to Kaleb Nation for letting us dub in his audio track because our audio file was muffled. Also major recognition to Kallie of Twilight Series Theories who did the actual cutting and dubbing!

Eclipse Premiere Interviews: Nikki Reed and Liz Reaser

A huge thank you to Kaleb Nation who let us dub in his audio track because our mic went out and the audio was muffled. Also major recognition to Kallie of Twilight Series Theories who did the actual cutting and dubbing!

Lexicon Interview: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jodelle Ferland, Xavier Samuel

Interviews from the Eclipse Premiere. TY to Kaleb Nation who let us dub in his sound because our audio feed went out on Bryce and Xavier.

Meet the Volturi: The Lexicon Eclipse Premiere Interview

Dan Cudmore and Cameron Bright in their own words.

Meet the Soundtrack Musicians: Eclipse Premiere Interview

Lori and Kallie loved getting to talk to the guys who are now being thrust into bigger recognition because of the Eclipse Soundtrack: Metric, Eastern Conference Champions, and The Bravery. Which band is your favorite?

Twilight Lexicon Interview: Catherine Hardwicke

We had the opportunity to interview Catherine Hardwicke at Creation Entertainment’s Official Twilight Tour in Vancouver. We can honestly say that this is an interview that we are never going to forget.