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“Twilight” was almost an action movie

the dusk The saga is pretty much an era-defining piece of pop culture history (no, I won’t elaborate), so it’s crazy to think it was almost totally different from what we know now. In a recent episode of Alex Pappademas’ podcast, The Big Hit Show, the host explains how dusk has become one of the biggest film franchises to date. It all started in the 2000s when MTV’s feature film division chief David Gale and screenwriter Mark Lord pitched the novel’s plot to the media company. From there, a script began to be developed with the slogan “Romeo and Juliet… with a vampire.” Uh, what?

On the podcast, David explained that although he and Mark read and enjoyed the first novel, they had a great deal of creative freedom as it was unpublished at the time.

“What I remember from my speech is that I don’t really like vampire stories, that wasn’t my jam. But Romeo and Juliet, I love… So I walked in and I was like, ‘Look, I don’t like vampires, but I like telling the story of these characters.’ And that’s why they hired me,” Mark added. “They wanted it to take a concept and put it into a structure that felt a lot more like a cinematic structure and they just wanted to put in more action to push it forward. more and give something more for the male audience. They thought they were going to lose the male audience with too much romance.”

Let’s rewind for a second. dusk was presented as an action film… with the aim of addressing a male audience? Mark and David went on to describe that their version of the story included jet skis, speedboats, and explosions, among other features. which seem more Transformers than Forks, Washington.

“I remember there was a boat chase in one scene, I remember there’s a barn that burned down, and I remember Bella’s father died and Bella was turned into a vampire. , like everything in the first story,” Gillian Bohrer, production manager of the film’s production company, Summit Entertainment, added. “At the time we got our hands on the project, there was a fanbase that loved the book for what it was. So our mentality all along was, ‘We’re here to serve that fanbase. . “”

Even the film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, admitted that Mark’s script didn’t suit the now-famous adaptation. “You have to make it like the book. That’s the reason I think people online read the book, they like it, it’s because there’s that first-time feeling that you’re fell in love. And it’s a bit of an ecstatic feeling.” She went on to say that Mark’s original script included a scene where Bella (who was a star athlete in this alternate dimension of the dusk cinematic universe) was being chased by the FBI on jet skis. Somehow I can still imagine Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole” being on that soundtrack.

Luckily, Summit convinced Stephanie Meyer that her story was worth adapting in a way that honored her fantasy/romance romance and we had the dusk movies as we know and love them.

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