17 November, 2008

Let the Mayhem Begin...

Well today is the day. It's Twilight premiere day in LA and the masses are already going mad!

I just spoke with Jen from the Twilight Lexicon and it sounds uber exciting; I'm rather jealous I'm not there, but hopefully I'll be at the London one. The Borders podcast was yesterday with many of the actors attending, signing autographs, and copious amounts of screaming from the hundreds of fans gathered there. The premiere is being held at two theaters (it's just that big :) and there are already hundreds if not thousands of fans lined up around the blocks surrounding the theaters for spots in the fan area of the premiere. I hope there will be serious body-guarding for the cast and crew!

In other good news, apparently 51% of all internet movie ticket sales this week were for Twilight... and it's not even out yet!! That's very promising for the film's success. I don't think the film makers will have to worry too hard about Twilight making them some money, and hopefully that will mean a positive move forward quickly for New Moon production. I believe they're looking to make something in the realm of $30 million in the opening weekend, and I can't imagine they'll have much trouble (yes I'm knocking on wood).

I'm most curious to see the entire presentation of this evening. How did they decorate? What was the budget like for posters, cardboard cutouts, banners, did they make it look like a forest? Did the staff have pale skin and yellow eyes? I doubt it, but you never know with premieres, remember the premiere of V for Vendetta (picture on the right... there were tons of those guys there that night) or the guys that dressed as orcs and jumped around for an hour at The Lord of the Rings premiere? You never know... there could be Newborns running amuck in LA right now outside of the theater.

I wonder how they'll introduce it, if they'll refer to Stephenie Meyer and the overall spectrum of the novel; or if they'll discuss the film making process, the challenges with the adaptation, with the weather, with the stalking fans... and will they discuss it at all afterwards? Is anything said at the end or does it just split apart and everyone goes to their release parties?

Hmm... things we shall soon discover, I hope! And hopefully I'll have a chance to investigate in London.

Keep a weather eye, and happy Twilighting all! Please try not to rub it in too much that you'll ALL see it before me :-p I have to wait until December 3 at the earliest, and possibly until December 19 for the general release. Sigh...


m~ said...

I am so excited about the film coming out this week. I feel like I'm ready to see it after you've prepared us with all the ins and outs of how they make a book into a film. Thank you so much for keeping us the loop.

Karla said...

I am excited as well! I am very much looking forward to your overall evaluation of the completed film and how you fell it measured up as an adaptation of a novel. The marketing has been insane for Twilight and I am curious how much the film will gross overall. SOunds like New Moon and Eclipse are moving forward in production (potentially at the same time?). I hope you have an opportunity to be a part of the process of these films as well.