Friday, February 20, 2009

Cart before the horse anyone?

Okay, I realize that the Cullens aren't supposed to age, but by this schedule you'd think they were deteriorating! Seriously, seven months from one movie to the next? Basically firing a director from future projects before the first scene has been shot? What is Summit thinking?

Twilight Lexicon has reports from both Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily and EW discussing Eclipse. A second EW article that was released just 12 minutes before the one cited on Lexicon is basically quoted from Nikki Finke's report. If you haven't read them, to sum things up, The Twilight Saga's Eclipse is set to open in theatres June 30, 2010. Also, there is no director named for it as yet, but Chris Weitz definitely won't be it because he is going to be wrapped up in post production of New Moon when Eclipse starts filming. So there we are, at the title of this post...cart before the horse anyone?

I have read some of the comments on these articles and I am certainly not among those saying that they should wait to see if New Moon makes money before they decide if they are going to make Eclipse or not. I doubt that will be an issue. I don't see the sense in setting a release date for the third installment before you've even started filming the second! And why in the world are they doing these SO fast? I just don't believe that they are even a bit concerned with quality at this point. I believe that Summit has convinced themselves that Twilighters will go see anything with the Twilight name on it. That we'll buy it no matter what! Granted, most of us will go to see the movie once, just because of what it is, but they will not see the repeat tickets and DVD sales if what they serve up is a big mess. Sticking the Twilight bow on top will not fool us into thinking it's great if it's not.

At least the plot description that Summit has released seems right...
"As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death."

I'm just seriously concerned about the quality of these movies. New Moon starts filming in a month, and so much of the cast is still officially up in the air. If they are doing this type of scramble to get it all together with a full year between releases, what is it going to be like with only seven months? I'm just seriously concerned about the quality of these films. These books are so very precious to so many of us. We want to see justice done for our beloved characters, not something thrown together to bring in the big bucks. So what do you think? Is anyone else worried?


Tierra Lynne said...

Amer sista! I'm confused and have NO clue why their doing on this, and I for one, would like to hear what Stephenie Meyers has to say!

Tierra Lynne said...

stupid fast typing me...***Amen*** Sista!!!

Ana Cristina said...

I completely agree. I think the failure with the Narnia film series has them paranoid. The way I see it, the Harry Potter franchise isn't filmed back-to-back like this, and it's even had multiple directors, and it's still good and has a following. I think the Twilight people need to follow their lead!

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~ Joy ~ said...

I love your insightful post Amber. It feels as though Summit is throwing us a bone (in the form of New Moon and Eclipse) knowing we'll bite. But oooooh how much more we would savor the proverbial steak. What I mean is, don't cheat us Summit. Rushing New Moon and Eclipse will have Twilighters and Twihards questioning the integrity of the films.

P.S. I'm twitter-patted over Twilight!