Just How Fast CAN They Make A Twilight Movie?

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new moon eclipse Just How Fast CAN They Make A Twilight Movie?

This is just crazy.

First came the announcement that New Moon would be released just one year after Twilight, and now comes word that the third film (titled Eclipse)will be released only SEVEN months after New Moon!

Eclipse is scheduled to open on June 30, 2010.

Here’s the synopsis for The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse (I still can’t stand that “Saga” title addition):

“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,” the plotline explains of the film based on Stephenie Meyer’s “Eclipse” novel. “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.”

So that’s 11 months to crank out New Moon, but how long does that give them to produce Eclipse? According to MTV those two films will not be shot back to back (as was done with the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Summit Entertainment says they have not yet chosen a director for the third film.

Seems to me that if they want to meet the deadline they need to go with a different director so there can be some overlap in pre-production on the third film and post-production on the second one. I just can’t see how Chris Weitz could do both of those (he’s directing #2). You’d think the studio would at least want to see the reaction to Weitz’ version before forging ahead and possibly picking someone else to helm the third film in the series.

I guess if they can put a new Saw movie out once a year, maybe this is doable as well?

What do Twilight fans think of this?

Source: MTV

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  1. The real question
    is how fast SHOULD they make it ?
    Seven months seems like a rush job for ANY film.
    I hope it doesnt become a trend .
    Or prerhaps i should say a bigger trend,
    Because I think things have been moving this way for awhile now.

  2. Well judging from how they can make millions of dollars with a crappy film like the first one thanks to the crazy fanboys (fangirls I guess…) who will support it simply because it’s part of the Twilight universe, they know they can rush out anything and still make money. So the real question should be, why not?

  3. Same reason Harry Potter didn’t make the Christmas release.

    It’s a fad, fads die. They need to push these movies out before it’s not marketable anymore.


  4. I agree with Ken in a way. There are going to be tons of people who go see it just because they’re obsessed, regardless of how much it may suck.
    But I think it’s a bad idea simply because they’re not going to get return viewers if they don’t put a little effort into it. A big reason Twilight made so much was because people saw it so many times. It was a novelty. But attraction will wane and if it’s awful, people are not going to want to see it again or buy it when it comes out.
    Speaking as a Twilight fan, I’d much rather wait a little longer and have a good movie. I’m more likely to lose interest in this “fad” (as Rev would say-not that I disagree!) if it turns into something completely horrible than if they put a little extra time into it.

  5. Well, what the fans want and what the people who get the money wants are usually two completely different things… Unfortunately…

  6. I agree with reverend if
    they want to still make money off of these movies have to crank out these movies quickly before there fan base grows up and realizes how ridiculous this whole thing is and they know that because their fan base is so obnoxiously dedicated to anything Twilight they can make a sub-par movie and still know that they’ll make a buck from it

  7. Wow, thanks for that-insulting, degrading, and stereotyping me (as a Twilight fan) all in one paragraph!

    I’m sure that there are a lot of people so dedicated to the series that they will see it regardless. But that doesn’t mean the majority of them wouldn’t rather them take a little extra time to do a good job. I would be just as excited about it if they waited another six months as I would for it to come out on the slated date.

  8. It wasn’t meant to be a shot at anyone but in my experience with Twilight fans all of them would see it regardless im sure there are a select few that arent completely blinded by the Twilight title and want to see a truley good movie but i havent met any of those people yet what i have met are people that said the movie sucked but saw it repeatedly just because of the name

  9. i’m a huge twilight fan…and the reason for the success is the story from the books being in motion pictures…the speed of production will alter the film like with twilight there are things in the movie that never happened in the book for example when bella came to the house rosalie and emit werent even home and alice didnt come from a window…but it was still cool to see them on the big screen if they are going to change things the better make sure they arent noticeable…stick to the book its not that hard just take the important parst and the cool little ones and add dialogue

  10. My wife loves the book series but thought the first movie looked like a lame 70’s film, special effects speaking. Of course I’m probably to blame since I make her watch all the special effects movies. I’ve got her spoiled.

  11. I’ve read quite a few comments online from Twilight book fans who were not terribly happy with the film.


  12. hmmm im not sure either way on this but i think they could pull it off in 7 months. plus you have to think about the actors ageing so its best to get them done as soon as possible.
    cant wait for new moon! i know some people are slating the movie book adaption but the thing is what film is directly to the book?

  13. I guess if you can`t say anything nice….

  14. This doesn’t make any sense to me at all and as far as I can recall I have never seen a studio react this way. Is Summit too young to handle a franchise of this size? Or are there bigger financial problems with Summit and they need the revenue from the movies? I know Summit has made a lot off of Twilight but their other films mostly under perform. There has to be a logical explanation about why they are pushing these out and the only thing that makes sense to me is that this is about money. Maybe they don’t see themselves surviving in this economy long term. We’ve seen a lot of independent studios close the last few years. I think it was back December when there were rumours about WB being interested in Summit and if that was true than Summit must be having problems if they’re getting offers. I just wanted to present another side of this because I don’t buy the other excuses that are floating around.

  15. I personally think … and I myself am a Twihard. That the longer the wait the bigger the fandom.. and since Summit is kinda greedy over Twilight they should wait so more people will be eager for BOTH movies and new fans will be bitten :K

  16. My daughter & I both liked the first movie even if it wasn’t right with the book. But “2” movies out so close together…you have no time to breathe. It you need some time between books/movies to really let it “sink in”. At least that is my belief.

  17. I can understand with not wanting the actors to age too much but besides that i dont see the point of rushing the films out. I didnt find a lot of things wrong with the first movie and im not a die hard fan of Twilight. Sure it had a few issues but nobody is perfect and films cant be perfect either. Im going to give Summit the benefit of the doubt for now, cant make a descision on whether the film will be good or not till we actually see it.

  18. Man am I getting old; I thought this was about the Twilight Zone. :-)

  19. At first I was so mad at Summit for giving New Moon only year. That is no time at all, fans would have been more than willing to wait.
    But it makes sense, when you think about it. All Twilight Saga release dates are NOT GETTING IN THE WAY OF HARRY POTTER. Harry Potter movies come out summer 2009, fall 2010, then summer 2011. so of course it would make sense for Twilight to avoid Harry Potter with fall 2009 and summer 2010!
    Not that I approve of the short time space, but at least it makes more sense now.

  20. I am not sure of Summit’s financial status, but I can’t believe they wouldn’t want to do Stephanie Meyer’s book’s complete justice. And if she is involved at all in production I’m sure they will be wonderful, no matter how fast they hit the screen…which is not fast enough for me! I am a huge fan and probably old enough to be most of you all’s grandmother. My only hope now is that they make Breaking Dawn, staring Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, as well as the rest of the present cast. They are all fabulous actors! I’ve read all 4 books, 3 times each and what they did with Twilight on screen, was great!!

  21. I think that the Twilight movie was pretty good, and yes I know that it wasn’t following the book but I am sure that having the movie come out on November is not that big of a deal. MANY people like Twilight and they are eagered for the second movie. If its about the money than they have a good chance about making millions off these movies but what if its the other way around? not everything is about money….
    Anyone can surprise you. Give them a break and stop posting your dumb comments about money!!!!!!

  22. I watched this movie and it SUCKS and I am betting they will make 5 more to follow this movie another SAW they will drag this out too much