Last night Breaking Dawn screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg & Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke attended ELLE’s 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. We haven’t forgotten about you, Catherine! You did bring us the very first Twilight movie, after all. ♥
Melissa Rosenberg was on the red carpet for the Emmys and MTV caught up with her to ask a few questions about the Breaking Dawn movie. She reveals how far into the script she is, what he biggest challenge is – and that she wants to be in Brazil when they film scenes there! This is a great interview & will surely get you pumped for Breaking Dawn!
Film.com has an exclusive new interview with Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg where she talks about Breaking Dawn, the Twilight Saga Directors and so much more. Here’s an excerpt:
Laremy Legel:When I talked to you for Twilight you were just dipping your toes into the fandom, and what it was all about. Do you check fan sites these days?
Melissa Rosenberg:I stay off the Internet, because I’m very sensitive to commentary. There could be 10 comments of “Fabulous job!” and one “She’s horrible!” and it completely throws me. When you’re writing you’re constantly fighting demons to sit down and do what you do. If you listen to the voices outside your head, in addition to the ones inside your head, you’ll never get anything done. There’s enough inner strife.
I do, however, maintain a fan site, where people are mostly kind. It’s interesting reading their comments, because they talk about what’s important to them, what things really register, what things I need to capture. So I do rely on that.
LL:I think your writing has amazing range; from Dexter to Twilight is a pretty big distance. But do you worry about being locked into a particular genre? Do screenwriters get typecast? Or does that not happen?
MR:Oh, it happens all the time. You become the “teen voice” writer. Studios, because they are investing a great deal of money in movies, they want a guarantee that when they hire somebody that person can deliver for them. Everything is fear based, so they pigeonhole people. But I’ve written everything, from Westerns to sci-fi to dramedy, I’ve done it all. I have my strengths and my weaknesses, and the things I prefer not to do, but like most writers I can do, and like to do, a variety of things.
I’m sure I’ll be offered all sorts of romantic teen dramas as I move forward, because I’ve now written plenty of them, and I won’t be doing that again. It’s not of interest me. I do lean more towards doing different kinds of things.
ET Online has an interview with the Twilight Saga Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg where she dishes on writing for the movies, the New Moon set and even replacing Rachelle LeFevre with Bryce Dallas Howard:
ET:Are you writing for the chemistry between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart?
Melissa Rosenberg: When I wrote ‘Twilight,’ I didn’t know who was starring in it, so I wrote in a vacuum. There was some rewriting that had to be done when we knew who they were, because I had started with more of a comedic edge and it wasn’t appropriate for those actors and the tone. I lean toward the dark comedy, witness “Dexter.” So, going into ‘New Moon’ and ‘Eclipse,’ I knew who I was writing for. I knew who the characters were and what their voices were. It got even easier with ‘Eclipse.’ [Author] Stephenie Meyer‘s created the character’s chemistry; and those two actors brought so much chemistry. I don’t think the movies would have been so successful without those two actors and their chemistry. ‘Twilight’ was beautifully cast.
ET:What was the set of ‘New Moon’ like?
Melissa Rosenberg:‘New Moon’ was one of the happiest sets I have ever been on. The guy who picked me up, said, “This is a great set. [Director] Chris Weitz is a genius. It is so wonderful.” I was, “Okay, dude, you are overselling.” But I got on the set and it was just delightful. You can tell when it is uncomfortable and they are not connecting. Chris Weitz is just a Zen master. I went to him and I was, “You are so cool and calm. And everyone is so cool and calm.” He said, “You have no idea what it is going to cost me.” My husband is a director and I know what it costs him. You have to tamp down every ounce of panic and frustration in order to project this calmness. I hope Chris got a good vacation between production and post.
ET:What do you think of the recasting of Rachelle Lefevre?
Melissa Rosenberg:I love Rachelle, but Bryce Dallas Howard? It was a shame, but I think Rachelle will go on to do brilliant things. I just love her. I am sure Bryce will be great.