Chris Weitz "Gets It" with New Moon
Dear Chris Weitz,
I’ve always thought you were a great choice to direct New Moon ever since you wrote a letter to the fans back in December and promised that you would remain true to the spirit of the book. I’ve loved you since we saw the very first mini trailer on the MTV Movie Awards and we all screamed with delight seeing Jacob phase for the first time. And you wormed your way into my heart at the New Moon Comic Con panel in July when you spoke candidly about how making this film restored your love of movie making. But today you cemented your place in my cold, dead heart after I read your interview with the Hollywood Reporter by speaking so eloquently and intelligently about the making of New Moon, it’s story line, your relationship with Stephenie Meyer and really just “getting” the storyline and how it’s different from Twilight.
When asked about your relationship with Stephenie Meyer you said “We got along like a house on fire.” Now you’re speaking my language! I love a good idiom and anything involving information about our goddess divine the lovely Stephenie. I loved reading that you collaborated on ideas and deferred to her when you weren’t sure how a visual should play out on screen. It shows your humility and desire to bring the fans and the author herself the best and most true to form version of Stephenie’s story.
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You also illustrate how well you know the material and its fandom by answering THR’s inane question about not having enough of the “heartthrob Robert Pattinson” by explaining that there are in fact TWO “heartthrobs” and that this story is about loss and absence and how “Part of the point was that Edward was away. Readers of the book know this and appreciate it. The story is about loss and heartache; he is present as an absence.” I don’t think we could have said it better in one of our own Twilosophy sessions.
I also have to give you MAJOR props for acknowledging that even on a smallish budget you can make an incredible movie! It’s all in the way you budget and how you shoot it. There were certain “effects” (I use the term lightly) in Twilight that I could have done in my garage and were played off as products of a “small budget” um, no they were actually products of a lazy or uneducated production team.
Your comment about the blogs and sites being delightful and non-competitive was quite funny to me. Chris, if you ever want a behind-the-scenes look into the world of running a Twilight blog/site let us know we’ll gladly trade a tour! And you won’t be using words like “delightful” of “non-competitive” after! Trust. Oh, and I really hope you’ve read our blog in your search for fan thoughts on the movies and books.
Oh and kudos for giving the PC answer in reference to the question of why Rachelle was really let go. If there’s any hope for you returning to direct Breaking Dawn (and by you even referring to it I think we can count on that as a confirmation!) you did a great job in towing the company line of “scheduling conflicts” because we all know what an unforgiving mistress those studio folks can be.
I always wondered if fans loved you like they loved Cathy Hardwicke, just because you were apart of the Twilight franchise and not really based on any merit outside of that. But now I think they love you like I do, because they can see how invested you are in New Moon and in making the film adaptation of a beloved novel that needs no additions; no “spider monkeys” or “Buttcrack Santas” but rather just needs a person who is able to bring the novel to the screen in a honest and reverent way.
And you sir are that man.
You “get it.”
Only time will tell if you can make my mean mean heart beat again on November 20th.
PS Oh and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say we also think you’re a DILF. Carry on.
What do YOU think of Chris Weitz? Are you happy with the clips from NM you’ve seen thus far? Can we tell a differnce between Twilight/Catherine Hardwicke yet?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter