When talking to Big Hit Performance podcasts (via toofab.com) screenwriter Mark Lord revealed that MTV and Paramount asked him to end the story with some action because “They thought they were going to lose the male audience with too much romance.” This was before the first book was released, so MTV had a chance to take “Twilight” in a new direction before audiences really enjoyed the book. The first scenario is said to have “Bella blows away vampires with a shotgun”, with Lord saying, “I want that girl to shoot some vampires, I want her to blow up some vampires.” …”
Fans of the book will know it’s not Bella Swan. But Lord said, “It’s the best we can put together for what they want.” MTV and Paramount eventually dropped “Twilight,” but it found a common home at Summit Entertainment. Director Catherine Hardwicke was involved and was tempted by “Twilight,” but she was unimpressed with Mark Lord’s script, saying, “I said, ‘First of all, this script has to go to the trash. Not good. You had to make it like the book. “
According to Hardwicke, some of the other changes were even more surprising, “The original script did have Bella on a jet ski being chased by the FBI. She’s a star athlete, having nothing to do with anything else. book.” It’s a good thing that Melissa Rosenberg has rewritten the “Twilight” screenplay and paid more attention to the source material.
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