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Melissa Rosenberg on The Twilight Sage: Eclipse

Published June 17, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Summit Entertainment
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Melissa Rosenberg has adapted all of the Twilight novels into screenplays. You’d think she’d have it down by now, but by the time she got to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it's only gotten harder.

Melissa Rosenberg Writes The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


“To begin with, it took me by surprise, because I actually thought this would be the easiest, because there’s so much conflict in it, and you have this huge battle that you’re building toward,” Rosenberg said. “Then once I got into it and actually breaking the story, I realized all that happened in the third act. So then it was looking at what’s going on in the first two acts other than conversation leading up. What I found was that a lot of the threat that is in the third act, that’s building that conflict, pulling that forward and being able to expand on some of the mythology. In a movie, we can cut away to another perspective, but in the book, it’s all Bella’s perspective. So it actually ended up being probably the most fun to write in the end, after I got over the incredible disappointment that it wasn’t going to be easy, as if anything ever is.”

Well, if Eclipse was the hardest, Breaking Dawn will be a piece of cake, right? “Well, while I was writing Eclipse, it was [the most difficult]. I had not gotten to the fourth one yet. Talk to me in another year.”




One thing that Rosenberg was able to add to the third movie was a little more humor than before. “When I first did the first movie, Twilight, I actually wrote it before it was cast, I was sort of writing in a vacuum, it actually had a lot of humor in it, and then we realized as we got it on actors that it just wasn’t appropriate. But some of that is building back, and I think the actors are more comfortable with it and I think the story lends itself. [Producer] Wyck [Godfrey] actually has the best line in the movie, it was Wyck’s line [referring to Jacob]: ‘Does he own a shirt?’ I give that one to Wyck. That’s his but I think there’s a confidence level in the storytelling.”

Stephenie Meyer still checks in on occasion to see what Rosenberg is doing. “Regarding Stephenie, I’m really grateful she’s able to spend the kind of time on set that she does, because she and I are the people on the page, and we see things in a way that I hope is valuable to the director and the producers. And because I’ve been juggling Dexter and Twilight for all this time, and going right from one <B>Twilight</B> to the next, I’ve been unavailable to be on set, and frankly I don’t know that I could have been much use. I mean, if David needed a rewrite, [I’d get] a phone call.”

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will open to theaters on June 30.

For the poster, trailers and more movie info, go to the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Page.

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