MTV’s Josh Horowitz sat down for a chat with Stephenie Meyer and asked the burning question we all want to know: Are there still untold stories left in the “Twilight” canon? See below for her answer:
At first, Stephenie was reluctant to make any promises. “Things change so much,” she said. “From week to week, let alone year to year.”
But make no mistake: For the bestselling author, the well of sparkly vampire romance is far from dry.
“There are other stories, obviously,” she admitted. “I have a really hard time putting down characters, and so I know what would happen. It’s just a matter of…are we tired of vampires?”
Obviously, no “Twilight” fans were around at the time that this interview was taped, because nobody launched themselves into the frame screaming “NOOOOOOO!” and instead Stephenie was able to answer her own question: “I think we are, as a general group. I know that I’m a little worn on vampires, so it might take some time to want to go back there. But it’s easy for me, because I know exactly what happens.”
And there you have it: Stephenie Meyer is sitting on, like, a bajillion more stories about sparkly vampires, and the clumsy young ladies who love them, and the naked werewolves who love them, but she isn’t planning on writing any of them down. At least not right now. And if you want to step away from your computer and start wailing and frothing and rending your clothing, well, we totally understand. But for those who just want to know what becomes of the Cullen family and their various compatriots, the author does make one promise:
“If I never get around to writing it, I’ll tell people what happens.”
So there’s that, anyway.
Are you dying to see an in-print continuation of the “Twilight” franchise?
Blogger note: I wonder what makes her so certain we’re sick of vampires? I don’t think we are at all, and a lot of YA best-sellers have been vampire novels, or supernatural love stories. We won’t get sick of stories we love, and stories that are written well. I just get sick of all the poorly-written stuff out there – and I’ll always be fascinated by vampire stories . . . Always have been, too. Yes, even pre-Twilight.
Guri Weinberg (who plays Stefan) took to his own personal blog to answer some of the questions he gets asked most about working on the Breaking Dawn Movie:
What’s it like working with Stephenie Meyer?
Stephenie’s success is just staggering and I am pretty sure many would and probably did feel intimidated around her. Here’s the secret about Stephenie that I accidentally discovered, though…she is normal. REALLY normal. And funny. But mostly normal…like the kind of person you’d hang out with. Just to shoot the shit.
At first, I was pretty shy…for me. And nervous – I met Stephenie AFTER I’d been cast when some of us were called down to Baton Rouge for a make-up/wardrobe test before shooting began. So, I didn’t know how she felt about me or my choices for Stefan. I mean, I know if she would have HATED my audition tape, I wouldn’t be there but you know, maybe she was just like “Eh…Guri…whatever…thank GOD we also got better actors…”
When I finally met her in Baton Rouge, I was already in costume and make-up. I shook her hand and she said, “You are EXACTLY how I pictured Stefan” and smiled. And I relaxed. Like a baby, actually. In fact, I wet my pants…not really. Okay, a little.
So, from that point on, we just clicked. We chatted a lot and some folks that hadn’t quite figured out the ‘normal’ part about her were speculating as to what she had to say and if there was any ‘Twilight’ secrets she shared. I actually had some folks come up to me asking, “What do you talk about?” So, as a public service, I would like to disclose one of our ‘top secret’ conversations now. I think the one that sums it up best is this story :
On set, there were different ‘video villages’ which are areas with monitors displaying different camera angles and chairs huddled around. It was a bit tense on set as we were behind schedule. However, I’m just an actor in a VERY silly mood and so I go find Stephenie…’cause her village was down like that.
“Guuuuurrrrriiiiii….how are ya?”
“What’s wrong?”, she asks, all sincerely.
“Where are the Jewish vampires, Stephenie? Not ONE Jewish vampire?!?”
She laughs. “Because it goes against everything Judaism is about, GURI.”
“I don’t think you’re seeing it. See, if there were some Jews in the vamp camp, we could sidestep all battles in favor of negotiation…plus, I think the vamp world needs a good kosher deli…”
Now, I notice Lily Collins there. She’s laughing at my stupid Jewish vampire joke, so I immediately like her. And to the fans that are trying to stir up competition between the two Snow White movies, IMHO, they are VERY different films, they BOTH look great and I am a fan of BOTH actresses.
Back to the day. So, Stephenie is telling me about ‘The Hunger Games’ and what a great book that is and then we discuss the sacrifices we will all be making that night, as shooting is going to go LATE. I mention that I am VERY distressed that I will be missing my new favorite show, ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’. My wife’s agitated and colorful commentary after each episode is just nothing short of priceless. But, that night, alas…no RHOBH. Stephenie doesn’t even know the show and I’m aghast. Lily is also aghast. I look at Lily, who I now see is an incredibly astute young woman with FINE taste in reality television and we high five. We then describe the show to Stephenie by acting it out. She seems unimpressed by the show yet oddly adamant that we keep discussing our viewpoints about it with her. Oh! Right – and then Stephenie makes fun of me AD NAUSEUM for watching it. Not Lily, she got off scott-free for her allegiance to RHOBH. Just me. Whatever.
So, now everyone knows. Jewish vampires and the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are excellent examples of the scintillating, exclusive topics Stephenie and I discussed.
What was it like being involved in Breaking Dawn – the LAST film of the Twilight franchise?
Obviously, we all realized that we were a part of something epic and had the appropriate level of reverence while shooting.
Wait. That’s not what happened. Here’s a typical on set day :
We’re all on set against a green screen and massive amounts of fake snow. Shoot dates were getting long and we were all extremely silly. Plus, there were cardboard cut outs of the ‘wolves’. If THAT’S not fodder for juvenile behavior, I don’t know what is. So, par for the course, one of the P.A.s starts taping various notes to unsuspecting people’s backs (tagging – BD style). Wyck Godfrey is JUST NOT HAVING IT. He’s the producer, we were behind schedule and he certainly does not want the shoot to devolve further with antics such as this.
Keep reading the rest of Guri’s blog about working on the Breaking Dawn Movie set here!
Yesterday we reported news from Variety (a typically reliable source) that Stephenie Meyer had no plans to move forward with more Twilight books, and that she was annoyed that Lionsgate even put the idea out there. Well, Stephenie Meyer herself has addressed the rumors on her official website:
Just wanted to clear up a little rumor making the rounds. I have absolutely no issues with anyone at Lionsgate. Far from being a negative thing, it’s actually a very nice feeling to know that both Lionsgate and Summit would like to make another Twilight movie if I were ever to write another Twilight book. So, thanks for the support, Lionsgate and Summit. I look forward to working for the first time with new friends at Lionsgate and working again with my old friends at Summit!
We previously quoted Lionsgate saying that they’d be happy to make more Twilight movies if Stephenie Meyer was willing to write more. Well, Variety has now Tweeted that Lionsgate’s statement has annoyed Stephenie Meyer:
HUNGER GAMES presales begin tomorrow; early tracking shows it outpacing the first TWILIGHT pic. My theory as to why: Safe for boys.
As long as we’re on topic: Stephenie Meyer was deeply annoyed that LG brass said they’d do more TWILIGHT pics. She has no such intention.
What do you all think? Weigh in by Tweeting us HERE!
Thanks to His Golden Eyes and Twilight Lexicon
Stephenie Meyer has taken to her official blog to discuss making Breaking Dawn part 1 and Breaking Dawn part 2, the ending of her lovely Saga and more. Read on below!
February 11, 2012
I’ve already said a lot about Breaking Dawn in various interviews, so most of this is probably not news. It was a surreal year in a lot of ways and also a crazy crash course in movie making, which came in really handy last summer (see Austenland).
Some of my favorite memories from filming BD 1&2, in random order:
- Weathering a “white squall” off the coast of Paraty, Brazil with the cast and crew during the filming of the honeymoon. We got trapped for the night due to rough seas—roughly 130 people in a house with eight beds, no food, and a very small amount of drinking water. I spent the night on the stair landing, sharing an old mattress covered in blackout fabric with the set photographer, set publicist, and the EPK team. (Shout out to the stair gang! Never forget!) I was actually offered a chance to escape, as was Bill Condon, but we both decided to go down with ship rather than abandon our crew.
- Exploring the third version of the Cullen House, a.k.a. Howl’s Moving Castle, now bigger and better than ever. Finally getting to see Alice’s room was awesome.
- Watching the creation of a three-story wedding cake composed of dead bodies. I may or may not have climbed to the top to get a picture.
- Being there for Kristen’s first wedding dress fitting. Magic. Even Summit’s head of marketing got all teary.
- Hanging with the new vampires. We had a lot of very cool people with us, which made the daily grind—particularly the days with wall-to-wall green screen and breathing-hazard fake snow—much more fun.
- Playing Farkle (wikipedia.org/wiki/Farkle) with Taylor and company. Yes, it is a real game, and just because I won doesn’t mean I was cheating.
- Wearing more clothes at one time than I’ve ever worn on our Pemberton , B.C. set. People from Arizona should not go outside during February in Canada. They just embarrass themselves.
Drying out layers of sock during our lunch break.
- Watching Noel and Guri sing classic Madonna in Romanian accents and full costume.
- Finally seeing Bella and Edward get married, even if it meant freezing my butt off and ending up on screen (ew). Richard Sherman’s design was so far beyond my expectations.
- The cottage! The nursery! It was a joke on set that any woman who walked into that nursery would spontaneously conceive. Too beautiful.
– Spending our very last night in beautiful St. Thomas. It was such a nice way to end 101 days of shooting.
From my hotel window in St. Thomas.
- Okay, this one doesn’t count because it’s not from the filming, but the premiere was a whole lot of amazing, and getting to meet style icon Carolina Herrera was one of the highest points in a night filled with high points. This may be my favorite picture ever:
Right now Breaking Dawn 2 is being edited and having special effects added. Still a ways to go with some very complicated effects; we’re doing some things we’ve never done before. I’ve gotten to see a few scenes so far, and everything is so cool. Bill Condon has such a gift. I was there, I saw everything get filmed, yet I’m still always surprised at how he’s able to put it together into something that is more than the sum of its parts.
I’m looking forward to the Breaking Dawn 1 DVD coming out this week. I actually have no idea what all is on it, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for some of my favorite scenes that didn’t make it into the movie.
I look forward to seeing some of you in the upcoming months as publicity for Breaking Dawn 2 starts up. It feels so weird to think it’s all coming to an end! Happy in some ways, depressing in others. The saddest part for me is that the next premiere is the last time I’ll get to see you guys all together. It’s something I always look forward to, even though it’s frenzied and I don’t really get a chance to talk to anybody. I’ll just tell myself that a couple of you will show up for The Host premiere so that I don’t get too depressed about finality and goodbyes. It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Thanks for being there with me through all of this. It wouldn’t have been any fun without you. See, now I’m getting maudlin. Better call it quits before I start crying.
Read about what Stephenie wrote about ‘The Host’ and ‘Austenland’ on her official blog here!
During the whirlwind press tour for Breaking Dawn Part 1, Stephenie Meyer came out of hiding and spoke a little to the press. Check out the great article below!
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer surprised journalists earlier this month when she turned up at the press day for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. It marked her first appearance on the press circuit for the film adaptations of her best-selling saga since the 2008 interviews for the first installment. In the meantime, the first three movies based on her series — “Twilight,” “New Moon” and “Eclipse” — have bitten off more than $1.8 billion in worldwide grosses.
“I’ve been kind of hiding out for a few years. It’s interesting to be done and not done. We had the final night of shooting, but it keeps going. So with the second part of the movie (‘Breaking Dawn’ still) coming out, it doesn’t feel like an ending yet. … I’m not quite sure how it will be once we get to the end. I know there are a lot of people that I’m just going to miss seeing,” said Meyer, who had just come from Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theatre, where she watched “Twilight” stars Stewart, Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” the first half of the two-film finale based on the fourth and last novel in her supernaturally successful book series, opened in theaters Friday, with hordes of fervent fans known as “Twi-hards” flocking to their local cinemas for midnight screenings. “Part 2″ is due in theaters Nov. 16, 2012.
During the press conference, Meyer, 37, was asked about the gender and sexual politics of “The Twilight Saga,” which have been criticized as retrograde or even twisted. After all, in “Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” human heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) marries her courtly vampire fiance Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), has her first sexual encounter on their honeymoon and basically dies from the experience.
But Meyer said the cause of Bella’s death – which is offset by her rising as a vampire at the close of “Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ – was what was compelling to her. Bella dies while giving birth to her super-strong, fast-developing half-human, half-vampire baby, Reneesmee (Mackenzie Foy).
Read the rest of this article on Bam’s Blog here!
Fans are camping out for the premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 1 like champs! Below are some pics of Stephenie Meyer dropping by to say ‘hi’ to all of them! So sweet!
Stephenie Meyer recently sat down in a hotel room in down town Vancouver to chat with some lucky fans about the Breaking Dawn movies, the cat, her upcoming projects and more. Here’s an excerpt:
The much-anticipated wedding of Edward and Bella has not been filmed yet, but Stewart is being fitted for the as-yet-unrevealed bridal gown. “It’s such an interesting mix,” says Meyer. “It has a vintage feel, but at the same time, there’s an edge to it. It’s really beautiful. And then on Kristen — oh, she looks amazing in clothes —and in that dress she’s so lithe and unbelievable.”
On her expanded role as co-producer of the two new movies: “The big difference is just being there and seeing everything. I feel I’ve seen so much of the movie and really understand what it will look like. There are still a lot of compromises. That hasn’t changed. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but I have a producer credit, which is crazy.”
Some of Breaking Dawn was filmed in Baton Rouge from October to mid-February, and Meyer’s husband, Pancho, now a stay-at-home dad, and their three sons Gabe, 13, Seth, 10, and Eli, 8, moved from Arizona to Baton Rouge to be with her. They then packed up and moved with her to Vancouver. Shooting is expected to wrap up sometime in April.
“I brought the whole zoo with me, including the dog and the tutors,” says Meyer. “I knew I couldn’t be a producer and not have them there. So I thought I’d just go for it.”
Not having to worry about or miss her family has allowed her to spend the time she needs on set. She talks about the production with the caveat that everything and anything about it can change.
As some of you know, Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer is a producer on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. In between all the busy, chaotic shooting in Vancouver, Stephenie did an interview with USA Today. It wont be released until tomorrow, but they gave a preview:
On Kristen Stewart’s Breaking Dawn Look:
“She’s created a new character. I was really impressed,” says Meyer. “I’ve only really seen her as (the human) Bella so to have her step up and change it in the right way — she didn’t have to talk to me. She knew. She knows the character so well now. She has really good instincts and, she looks amazing.”
In the rest of the interview Stephenie Meyer dishes on the wedding gown Kristen Stewart wears in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, dishes about Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, and talks about the creatures — some watery, some dark — she hopes to write about next.
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