'Breaking Dawn' author Stephenie Meyer discusses her new role as movie producer(Read article summary)
'Breaking Dawn' author Stephenie Meyer and her co-screenwriter talk about the next film in the 'Twilight' saga.
Stephenie Meyer has been involved in the adaptation of her Twilight saga books to film from the very beginning. But on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, she has taken on an even bigger role â producer.
âWith the first part of the movie coming out, it doesnât feel like an ending yet. It feels like weâre still going, and Iâm not quite sure how it will be when we get to the end,â Meyer said.
Even though the Twilight saga films are based on Meyerâs work, Melissa Rosenberg actually wrote the screenplays for all five films. The two worked hand-in-hand to bring Meyerâs books to the big screen. Meyer even says that there were things Rosenberg added in the scripts that she wished sheâd thought of for her books.
âTo take on these beloved books was quite intimidating. My objective always was that if Stephenie liked it and if Stephenie believed it and approved it â thatâs my job, because weâre all just visitors in her universe,â Rosenberg said.
That universe can be expanded in film. The books are written, for the most part, from Bellaâs point of view. But one of the advantages of adapting it to film is the opportunity to include other points of view. For example, heroine Bella Swan might hear about something secondhand in the book, but in the movie, the audience sees it as it happens.
âLittle by little, each movie, we were able to go a little bit further with that. Itâs really liberating to do that,â Rosenberg said.
Meyer says that working on the films hasnât changed her as a writer and storyteller. Instead, she says itâs given her fodder for it.
âItâs all experiences Iâve never had before â new things and different circumstances. So, I think Iâve grown a lot just from the experience. Iâve jumped a lot of hurdles, but I have a lot of new ones. I like feeling like Iâve grown,â she said.
With all the work she put into The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, her expectations of the film were bound to be high. Did director Bill Condonâs work live up to them? Absolutely, she says.
âFor me, it was emotional the first time I saw it. You know, you worry. You see good stuff being filmed. You know itâs there. When a movie makes you forget that, and by halfway through, youâre just enjoying the movie and thinking, âWow; whatâs next,â then you know itâs really going to be successful. And I think Bill was very successful,â Meyer said.
Krista Richmond blogs at Killer Film.