Friday, April 30, 2010
I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.
I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.
Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.
The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.
I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.
All best, Bill Condon
P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Official Press Release From Summit
BILL CONDON TO DIRECT SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT’S THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN
Los Angeles, CA April 28, 2010 – Summit Entertainment has confirmed
that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA:
BREAKING DAWN, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s
Twilight series. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, is currently being
written by Melissa Rosenberg, and will star Kristen Stewart, Robert
Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and
Stephenie Meyer will produce the project.
"Bringing Stephenie Meyer's BREAKING DAWN to the screen requires a
graceful and intelligent hand and we believe Bill Condon is exactly
the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense
creativity and subtle sensitivity,” said Erik Feig, President of
Production and Acquisitions, for Summit Entertainment.
Added author Stephenie Meyer, "I'm so thrilled that Bill wants to work
with us. I think he's going to be a great fit, and I'm excited to see
what he does with the material."
“I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga
to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind
book - and we're hoping to create an equally unique cinematic
experience," said Bill Condon.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries
of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
Condon is well known for writing and directing DREAMGIRLS, KINSEY, and
GODS AND MONSTERS, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted
Screenplay in 1999. He was nominated for a second Oscar for his
screenplay for the movie musical CHICAGO in 2003. Most recently the
multi-hyphenate directed the pilot episode for the Showtime series
“The Big C” and produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards telecast,
hosted by Hugh Jackman.
The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is due in
theaters on June 30, 2010.
Condon is represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
About the TWILIGHT film series:
The TWILIGHT film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small
town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn
to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to
push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them
together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are
vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story TWILIGHT,
the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21,
2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film
franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON was released November 20, 2009.
The franchise has grossed over $1.1 billion in worldwide box office
ticket sales to date.
(Stephenie is a producer!!! How cool is that??)
What kind of a ring does a vampire share with his lady love if he wants to spend eternity with her? We have a peek at the ring that Edward (Robert Pattinson) gives Bella (Kristen Stewart) in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.'
The ring, described in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling books as being Victorian in style, features an oval face set with diamonds.
In the photo, you can also see the charm bracelet described in Eclipse, the novel. Bella wears the bracelet with two charms -- a crystal heart given to her by Edward, and a small wooden wolf that was a gift from Jacob (Taylor Lautner).
In the film, Bella continues her quest to evade vampire Victoria (played in 'Eclipse' by Bryce Dallas Howard), who is bent on vengeance after Edward killed her main squeeze James in the first 'Twilight.' Bella is also confronted with a choice -- does she want to spend eternity with vampire Edward, or will she choose a human life with werewolf Jacob?
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' hits theaters on June 30.
~Thanks to The Insider for this
Sunday, April 25, 2010
This list is based on what the person has: assets, property, etc. Not what they have in their wallets. Rob's the newbie here, not to shabby for a guy who was obscure about a year & half ago.
"Twilight film star Robert Pattinson, 23, worth £13m, is the top new entry in the list of young millionaires aged 30 and under, ranking 14th. He joins Harry Potter film star Daniel Ratcliffe, 20, now worth £42m and ranked 5th in the young list, ahead of Kiera Chaplin, 27, and Keira Knightley, 25, each worth £28m and ranked equal 7th; Emma Watson, 20, worth £22m at 10th equal; and Rupert Grint, 21, worth £20m and ranked 12th.
The 22nd annual Sunday Times Rich List – the definitive guide to wealth in Britain and Ireland – is published in a special 104-page supplement, which profiles the 1,000 richest people and families in the UK and the wealthiest 250 in Ireland. The list is based on identifiable wealth (land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies), and excludes bank accounts (to which the paper has no access)."
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Reelzchannel has a cute commentary of the new trailer. It's a little sarcastic, but in a good way. Check it out here.
If you missed the live web chat that went on last night with Nikki Reed, Julia Jones, and Bryce Dallas Howard, no need to worry! MTV followed along and has a summary of all the best stories and info that the ladies supplied the fans.
Friday is always the best day of the week, but April 23 feels a little extra special, and we have one person to thank: Oprah.
As we all now know, the Queen of Talk is a Twilighter herself, and she unveiled the "OME!"-worthy final trailer for "Eclipse." Naturally, we've assembled our shot-by-shot analysis, exploring the good, the bad and the Bella. Read on, and then be sure to give us your reactions in the comments below!
Shot 1: Establishing shot of the La Push/ Forks area. Ain't it pretty?
Shot 2: A dire-looking Jacob Black, walking toward the camera.
Shot 3: "Jacob," Bella asks, standing next to Edward. "What are you doing here?"
Shot 4: "I'm here to warn you," he responds.
Shot 5: A close-up of a pale-but-earnest Edward, ready to throw down with the wolf-man. "Just leave," he says. "Now."
Shot 6: "She has a right to know," Jacob responds, eliciting a look of concern from Bella and a simple "What?" that will soon open an entire Pandora's box of drama.
Shot 7: Welcome to the city! "We've been tracking this situation in Seattle for a while," Edward says over a shot of the metropolis, a very different sight for a "Twilight" film.
Shot 8: A person (who appears to be Riley) runs for his life down a dark alley and then is struck down by an unseen attacker. Edward continues to speak of "unexplained disappearances, killings" while Bella looks on in concern.
Shot 9: Have you been wondering what a David Slade-directed "Twilight" movie will look like? At this point in the trailer, our best glimpse yet begins. Ominous music plays over a dark scene as we see a burning car, bloodthirsty teens and a glimpse of apocalyptic chaos that feels like it belongs in a zombie movie or something.
Shot 10: "Somebody is creating an army," Carlisle explains. Gee, who could that be?
Shot 11: "An army of vampires?" Bella responds.
Shot 12: We see the army of "newborns" marching into town and galvanizing their forces. They may be bloodsucking maniacs, but you have to admit: They're very well-organized.
Shot 13: Alice warns Bella: "They're coming here."
Shot 14: Carlisle speaks with Jacob (isn't it weird when two actors who've been in two movies together finally appear onscreen for the first time?) and says, "This is going to be an ugly fight, with lives lost." On behalf of his Quileute brothers and sisters, Jacob responds: "We're in."
Shot 15: We see some hungry-looking wolves coming over a hill. "As long as we get to kill some vampires," Jacob says to Edward with a smirk. Best line of the trailer?
Shot 16: The newborns figure out a way to get across the water and enter Forks. I'm sorry — and some might be mad at me for pointing this out — but the way this shot looks, it's ripping off George Romero's zombie water-crossing scene in "Land of the Dead" pretty blatantly.
Shot 17: Title Card: "From the worldwide bestseller ..."
Shot 18: We see the ominous Volturi, getting ready to lay the smackdown. Judging by Dakota Fanning's recent surprise that her brief "Eclipse" screen time even earned a glimpse in an earlier trailer, we may have now seen her entire performance. "It's time," they say. "Yes it is," Dakota's Jane responds.
Shot 19: This one's for the boys out there: It's action time! Shirtless romance is put on the shelf for a moment as the good vamps and bad vamps square off, wolves alongside the Cullens. Look closely, and you'll see Alice and Jasper among the sprinting combatants, ready to take down some newborns.
Shot 20: Title card: " ... The motion picture phenomenon ... "
Shot 21: Wolves and vampires going at it, real end-of-the-world stuff, dogs and cats, living together. Title card: " ... The World Is Waiting For."
Shot 22: We see Edward handing Bella a jewelry box and smiling. Clearly, he's decided to take Beyonce's advice.
Shot 23: Jacob in his workshop, pounding his fist against a bench. Something tells me it's not because he screwed up the frame on his soapbox car.
Shot 24: The new Victoria, Bryce Dallas Howard, sprints through the woods while bouncing from tree to tree.
Shot 25: Gratuitous no-shirt-Taylor shot! Hey, Slade is showing impressive restraint: It took him 1:14 into the trailer.
Shot 26: Victoria squares off against Edward and Bella in the snow. Looks pretty.
Shot 27: Edward topples the tree, knocking Victoria over a canyon.
Shot 28: Probably the best shot of the whole trailer, as we get a good look at those better-looking wolves that Ashley Greene clued us in on a few weeks ago. As they take down a herd of newborns, we get a nice slow-motion peek. It's only a few seconds, but it sure does look better than the "New Moon" wolves, don't you think?
Shot 29: Title Card: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
Shot 30: Title Card: "June 30th, in theaters and IMAX." It can't come soon enough!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The release date was first posted Monday (April 19) morning on Amazon.com, and subsequently confirmed to MTV News by a spokesperson for Atlantic Records, which will be releasing the soundtrack in conjunction with music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas' Chop Shop Records.
No official announcement has been made about just who will be appearing on the soundtrack to "Eclipse" (the film itself hits theaters on June 30), but some reports on "Twilight" fansites have already penciled author Stephenie Meyer-faves Muse onto the album, which makes sense because they've already appeared on the first two editions of the "Twlight" soundtracks.
The spokesperson for Atlantic would not confirm any of the artists scheduled to appear, but said a press release on the soundtrack is forthcoming.
The "Eclipse" soundtrack definitely has some big shoes to fill. The 2008 soundtrack to "Twilight" featured a pair of new songs from Paramore, plus tunes from Linkin Park, Perry Farrell and star, Robert Pattinson and was a massive success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard albums chart and selling more than 2 million copies. The follow-up, "New Moon," went in a more indie-rock direction, featuring songs from the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Lykke Li, but was also a success, having been certified platinum.
Friday, April 9, 2010
According to Oprah’s website: “Are you or your kids obsessed with the Twilight series? Have you or your kids read all the books, seen both movies and now you are counting down the days until the release of Eclipse? Have you already made plans for the release of the newest movie in June? Who’s your family’s favorite Twilight star…and why?
Why do you love the story so much? How has it impacted your life? What have you learned from the series and how has it made you a better person? Are you a housewife who’s started a fan club with friends? Do you have a young adult in your family who’s been inspired to write his/her own stories? Has the romance in Twilight sparked the romance in your own relationship?”There is currently no word on whether any of the actors will be on the program. Go to Oprah.com for full details.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
It has been confirmed by Summit Entertainment that June 24 is the date that the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will have it's premiere. The date has been confirmed but not the location, we just know that it will be held in Hollywood. Can't wait!!!