One of the most buzzed about films scheduled to release this year is Twilight, the first book in a series of novels about vampires from Stephanie Meyer. The film has just recently entered post production and hits theaters on December 12th, but the filmmakers are already talking about the possibility of shooting the sequels back-to-back. Details after the jump, plus a new photo.
“Our vampires can’t age…if they were like 45, people would say ‘What’s up?’” laughed director Catherine Hardwicke told MTV. “[Filming them together] could be the case. Then, you just get it done.”
“[We like the idea of] shooting them back to back, and shooting them simultaneously as they did with ‘Lord of the Rings’,” producer Greg Mooradian explained. “From a production standpoint, it’s a great thing to do. But it’s quite an undertaking.”
All the leads in Twilight are contractually signed on for at least thre films, should the studio decide to greenlight them so production on adaptations of Stephanie Meyer’s New Moon and Eclipse could go into production immediately.
“The goal is to keep it moving quickly,” he explained. “[That will] give the audience a sense of knowing that the next installment is going to come at a really specific increment of time.”
And here’s a high-res version of the Twilight poster (courtesy MTV):
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