Vulture talked with Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke, at the Park City Mountain Resort during the recent Sundance film festival.
Catherine talked about her part in Twilight & her thoughts on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as a couple :-
While skiing the slopes, we got to talking about Sundance, the festival not only responsible for her big breakthrough, when she won the 2003 directing prize for her debut, thirteen, but also for her landing the Twilight gig. At a Sundance dinner, she’d been seated next to the heads of Summit Entertainment, who handed her five scripts and asked her to read them. “Every one of those scripts sucked,” she says. “Oh, Lord, did they suck.” There was something about Twilight, though. “I thought the script was horrible, but then I looked it up on the Internet and I thought, Okay, it’s based on a book and people tend to like it. There’s gotta be something there. So I read the book and I thought it captured that feeling of being madly in love. And I thought, That’s kind of a good challenge, to see if, as a filmmaker, I could make you feel that giddy, crazy … ” She went to Summit with images of how she thought the movie should look and said she’d only sign on if she could do a complete rewrite. They agreed. (Hardwicke does still feel a little sad about the hearts Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart broke while becoming the greatesttwentysomething couple in Hollywood. When they started the movie, Pattinson was with thirteen star Nikki Reed and Stewart was with Michael Angarano. “He’s a wonderful actor. He was in Dogtown, one of my favorites, so I felt pretty bad because I love him and they were such a great couple,” she says.)
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