Vampire tale makes long-awaited transition from book to big screen
Based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel about the secret unorthodox love affair between melancholic high schooler Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and swoonworthy vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who doesn't drink human blood.
But the soul mates have to contend with the Cullen family's vampire enemies who come to town looking for Bella.
Not since Harry Potter has a book-to-film journey inspired so much enthusiasm. Twilight is the first installment from Meyer's immensely successful young adult collection, which has sold more than 10 million copies in the US and has over 100 fan sites devoted to it.
It has also become a cultural phenomenon, with a rabid fan base that is eagerly awaiting the US$37 million big-screen adaptation directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story).
Henry Cavill was Meyer's first choice to play Edward in the romance thriller, but by the time the film came to be, he was 25 and no longer looked like a 17-year-old. He was then offered the part of Carlisle Cullen, but turned it down due to his commitment with The Tudors.
Over 5,000 actors auditioned for the heartthrob role. Hardwicke had seen a picture of Pattinson, a 22-year-old Brit best known as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but has been underwhelmed. So he flew to meet Hardwicke at her home in Venice, California, and his audtion consisted of a love scene with Stewart on Hardwicke's own bed.
To prepare of his role, Pattinson stayed out of the sun, wrote journal entries as Edward and shut himself off from his family and friends, but he has no formal training to perfect his American accent.
Meanwhile, Stewart (Panic Room, The Messengers) was recommended by Emile Hirsch, her co-star from Into the Wild and whom Hardwicke directed in Lords of Dogtown.
Hardwicke then flew to Pittsburgh - where Stewart, then 17, was shooting Greg Mottola's Adventureland all night - and did an impromptu screen test with the young starlet, who learnt her new lines on the spot. And because Stewart didn't turn 18 until the middle of production, was only allowed to use her for 5 hours a day. So for her big birthday, Stewart received a cake with a clock on it and the words "Now you're on nights."
The actors playing the Cullens wore topaz-colored contacts while green-eyed Stewart wore brown contacts because Bella is supposed to have brown eyes.
The initial 44-day production in Portland, Oregon - a location chosen in part because the skies are often overcast - was plagued by multiple weather-related difficulties, so the cast has to reunite recently to shoot additional scenes. One newly-redone scene shows Edward playing Bella's lullaby, with Pattinson playing the actual song which was written by veteran film composer Carter Burwell (No Country for Old Men).
Hayley Williams, singer of US pop punk band Paramore and a huge fan of the Twilight craze, revealed they will have two songs on the movie soundtrack, Decode, which apparently details the inner working of the protagonists' relationship, and a still-untitled track. A song from rock group Muse, Meyer's favorite band will also be included.
IN LOVE: Kristen Stewart (left) and Robert Pattinson play the unusual couple.
Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet battle it out as vampires.
The pics are from everglow, since I can't scan the article.
The only annoying thing, apart from the fact that they got some details wrong, like the nomads didn't come LOOKING for Bella, is the fact that the release date is still 18 December. Anyone has any ideas to get it pushed forward?
Also, if anyone's interested, BIG STAN, which opens today here, stars Jackson Rathbone too. And the movie magazine, FiRST has a small write-up on Twilight. If no one has scanned it in yet, I'll type it up when I get my copy.