Producer reveals twilight was almost a action flick

· September 24, 2010
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in 'Twilight Saga,' Photo: Summit Entertainment

"Twilight": the story of a young girl, an alluring vampire, and the FBI agent hunting them down.

Sounds a little off, doesn't it? But according to the film's producer, at one point the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel was going to be much different than what ended up on the screen.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Life, producer Mark Morgan opened up about the difficult three-year process he endured to get "Twilight" on the screen. Paramount Pictures originally bought the rights to the novel, but the studio wanted to add in more action movie elements that weren't in the original romantic story.

Morgan said, "They had Bella fighting back. They had her father dying in one of the scripts, actually, and her becoming a vampire in the first movie." According to Morgan, the book was just beginning to gain popularity at that time, and had not yet developed its massive fan following. So the studio was not confident that the love story could attract a big enough audience.

Apparently, Paramount felt that making "Twilight" into an action flick would attract more male moviegoers. Morgan said, "They would have gone for someone bigger... One of their drafts literally had a Korean FBI agent who was hunting and tracking vampires across the coast." There were also scenes in the early scripts that had "SWAT [officers] in the trees... and the vampires were picking them out of the woods."

Stephenie Meyer wasn't happy with the changes to her story that were being proposed. She told MediaBlvd Magazine, "Bella was a track star in the first scene. I read it and was like, "This isn't the girl from the book that I love!'" She felt that the script strayed so far from her original work that it should not have even been called "Twilight."

Eventually, Paramount decided that they changed their minds and were not going to make the movie. Morgan then shopped the book around to other Hollywood studios, but none of the majors were interested. Eventually, Summit Entertainment stepped forward to not only make the movie, but to do so in a way that was faithful to the book. It was even written into Meyer's contract that the vampires would not be shown with fangs, just as she had depicted them.

It was a gamble, but one that paid off handsomely. So far, the three movies of "The Twilight Saga" have earned nearly $1.8 billion at the box office worldwide. Plus, there are two more films on the way. The final book, "Breaking Dawn," will be split into separate movies coming in 2011 and 2012.

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Comment by Alice Jasper Bella Cullen on September 25, 2010 at 1:18am
AWSOME!!!! Gillian well done Bigfoot!!
Comment by sheridyn cullen-pattinson on September 25, 2010 at 2:05am
an action film!!! honestly i dont think id like that too much!
Comment by Anna on September 25, 2010 at 2:16am
it's juust to wird to think ..i didn't thought of the twilight saga in a different way ..it couldn't have been better than what it's now!!!!
Comment by Gillian Lee Black on September 25, 2010 at 3:07am
ya! my blog is the first on the list, all right witney this is what i did instead of sleep looking up all this info you didnt acculualy think i could sleep, anyway thanks for the support and check out my other blogs!!!!
Comment by lildaydreamer on September 25, 2010 at 4:17am
i can believe people would change it, because it's already different from the books. I really like the films, but no where near the same amount as the books. So much good stuff gets cut all the time, but I'm definately glad that summit took twilight on. My friend is a complete maniac where twilights concerened she would have formed an angry mob if it was any different to the films.
Comment by Gillian Lee Black on September 25, 2010 at 8:40am
True dat lildaydreamer
Comment by Alice Jasper Bella Cullen on September 25, 2010 at 3:04pm
Well done Gillian i know you did a good job!!! And ill help you anytime!!!

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