MTV News chatted with Summit Entertainment’s distribution head Richard Fay about the possibility of the Breaking Dawn movie being 3-D. Check oyt the article and what they’ve figured out so far:
Summit Entertainment understands the importance of 3-D. Still, there continues to be rampant speculation about whether “Breaking Dawn,” will open as a 3-D release when the first of a two-part finale arrives in theaters next year. But now, another movie on the studio’s lineup may provide some clues about where Summit will take the “Twilight Saga.”
“They’re completely fascinated and intrigued by the technology,” said director Patrick Lussier, who recently wrapped production on Summit’s 3-D action flick “Drive Angry.” “I think Summit has been discovering, as they’ve been seeing the 3-D material and the ease we’ve been able to work with it, is that it’s an incredibly viable format to work in.”
So will Summit’s “Drive Angry” experience — the movie was shot using 3-D cameras rather than converted in post-production — combined with the fate of “Eclipse” at the box office , convince them to deliver their biggest 2011 release in three dimensions?
“That decision has yet to be made,” Summit distribution head Richard Fay told MTV News. “It’s still the source of a discussion.”
While those talks inevitably touch on technological hurdles and monetary interest — owing to the premium-ticket prices that 3-D flicks command — Fay emphasized that the studio is more focused on creative concerns.
“There’s certainly a financial part of the discussion,” he said. “And yes, there’s a certain amount of technology that has to be considered and accounted for. But it really comes down to the creative folks.”
“In any of these roundtables conversations, [Summit CEO] Rob Friedman has always been concerned about the ‘Twilight’ patron,” Fay added. “His concern is always the people that come in to see this movie. He doesn’t want to turn them off or offend. That’s why it’s a creative decision. A big factor is the perception of our audience. What are their feelings going to be? If it lends itself to being a better movie because of 3-D, then that’s the technology we’ll use.”
This new article from HollywoodNews.com (written by Kim Palacios) discusses the longer than normal wait between the release of Eclipse, and the Breaking Dawn movie Part 1. Lets hope they release A LOT of deleted Eclipse scenes and extra footage to keep us all interested during this long wait. Here’s the article:
With Eclipse having released more than one week ago, Twilight fans have gotten their fix. Yet, the end of the wait for Eclipse marks the beginning of a long road—that to the release of “Breaking Dawn”. The final film in The Twilight Saga has yet to even begin production, making the lead time between it and Eclipse exceptionally long.
Each of the first three films in The Twilight Saga had an in-between wait of one year or less: Twilight released in November of 2008; New Moon followed in November of 2009, and Eclipse arrived shy of eight months later, in June of 2010. Yet, Summit Entertainment announced last month that the first installment of “Breaking Dawn” will not release until November 18th of 2011. That makes for an in-between wait of some eighteen months, not to mention the wait to the second installment of “Breaking Dawn”, which will release at an unnamed date in 2012.
Rumor had it that the “Breaking Dawn” film project took so long to get off the ground due to heated contract negotiations among nearly all parties involved. Secondary actors in particular were known to have played hardball when it came to compensation, and Stephenie Meyer is reputed to have staunchly held on to her rights to creative control.
Yet, did bottlenecks and negotiations jeopardize the film? It’s possible that they did. The longer the time to the next release, the greater the possibility that teen fans will outgrow the franchise. There is also the risk that other fans will lose interest, as history has proven even in other strong franchises. Long lead times between seasons jeopardized other media mega-brands, such as “Lost”.
Here is a brand new video interview with Melissa Rosenberg where she talks about the Breaking Dawn movies and more! Thanks so much to Collider!
In regards to Breaking Dawn, Collider asked asked Melissa how long she knew it was going to be two films, when exactly did she start writing the films, what was her reaction to Bill Condon directing the final installments, how has she been working with Condon on the script, and they ended the interview talking about the Breaking Dawn being the most controversial among the fans, & how she will tackle the writing. She talks about how some fans want an R rating and she explains why the Breaking Dawn movie doesn’t have to be so graphic. Enjoy!
Here are the times they talk about each different topic in case you’d like to skip topics:
How has it been for her going back and forth from Dexter to Twilight
1:00 – How was working for David Slade different compared to Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz
2:45 – How much time did she spend writing each Twilight movie. She says she had the most time on Eclipse
3:50 – Did she notice anything missing out of Eclipse that she wrote
5:20 – Breaking Dawn talk – How long has she known that it was going to be 2 films.
6:40 – How happy is she that the press release finally got released that the movie will be two films and how long ago did she start writing the two scripts. She says the fall or winter of last year she was writing it. Says she was writing before her deal was made.
7:45 – Has she spoken to director Bill Condon and how did things change when she got involved
9:35 – When she first heard that Bill Condon was going to direct it, what was her reaction
10:25 – With the 4th book being the most controversial among the fans, how is it for her to tackle the writing? She talks about how some fans want an R rating and she explains why it doesn’t have to be so graphic
Long overdue weddings, unexpected pregnancies, vicious vampire wars: With so much ground to cover, how could “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” possibly have satisfied fans with just one movie?
Frankly, it probably couldn’t have, which is why Summit Entertainment announced that the final “Twilight” chapter, “Breaking Dawn,” would be split into two separate movies. The decision to have the film unfold in two parts brings a sigh of relief not only from fans of the supernatural romance series, but also from many of the series’ cast and crew members. Kristen Stewart told MTV News that she was thrilled to hear “Breaking Dawn” would get a two-part treatment.
“I’m really excited,” Stewart said when we spoke with her as she promoted “Eclipse.” “I didn’t want to read the script that was just one [movie]. It would have lacked so much because you just couldn’t cram the story into one. At least that was my opinion, so I’m really excited.”
And Stewart has many reasons to be excited. Her character Bella goes through some dramatic transformations over the course of this final story. Stewart’s Bella finally marries Pattinson’s Edward and gives birth to their human-vampire hybrid baby, Renesmee Cullen. And perhaps most incredibly, Bella becomes a vampire herself. For Stewart, the “Breaking Dawn” story line is also pivotal because it’s where the Forks teen comes into womanhood.
“She’s a woman now and it blows my mind,” Stewart said of reprising her role as Bella one last time. “It’s going to be a completely different person to play. She’s like a matriarch now. She’s the strongest vampire, she literally can protect everyone. She’s literally impenetrable. I’m most excited about seeing Renesmee. It should be interesting, all of that stuff.”
FEARnet had the chance to catch up with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to chat about how far she is with scripting the Breaking Dawn movie, where she plans on splitting the Breaking Dawn film, feathers and more!
Jumping forward to Breaking Dawn, where are you in the scripting stage now?
Deep in the center. Kind of right in the first draft mode, dead center in the middle I’d say. Of both [parts]. I’m kind of writing them simultaneously — writing both outlines and then writing both first drafts because we’re shooting them together. [The producers] need things to prep off of, because they have to find locations, so in some ways I’ve been treating it as one film, but on two different pieces of paper. It’s a huge challenge. It’s a lot of pages!
Where exactly do you envision splitting Breaking Dawn into two parts?
We’re still talking about specifically where, but I think there’s kind of a natural break. You have the first half about Bella being human and a newlywed and pregnant, and the second half is about her being a vampire and a parent. I think somewhere in that transition is where it breaks. We’ve tried a couple of things and I think we’re settling on one, [but] we’re not sure.
You and I spoke before about how you stay true to the gory events of Breaking Dawn without going beyond a PG-13 rating. Is that any more of an issue, now that you’re writing it?
You know, I just don’t find that to be a challenge at all, honestly. I worked on Dexter, and I’ve said that pint for pint, there’s more blood on CSI than there is on Dexter, and yet Dexter is far more disturbing. So I think it’s not about how much gore you see on screen, it’s more about, are you conveying the terror of the scene, the physical pain of the scene? The tension of the scene? I don’t think you need to see gore to know what’s going on, and in some ways I think that’s actually more interesting. And I think that’s true for sex as well. I think the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever seen are more suggestive than they are graphic. So I don’t have an issue with it; I think we can do absolutely everything without having to see specific things.
Just so you know, certain fans of age would like to see lots of pillow-biting and feathers…
[Laughs] Okay! I think they may see some feathers. They may, indeed, see a few feathers.
On the Breaking Dawn movie being broken up, Kristen Stewart had this to say: “I feel like it’s so obvious where you break it up… it’s as soon as she turns.”Taylor Lautner also weighs in on the Breaking Dawn movie. Check it out below:
We can’t wait for you to finish it either Kristen!