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More Twilight Dramz!

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Time to get hustling on the Twilight sequel, New Moon.

Part two of the franchise remains un-helmed since Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's departure, but with a tentative release date set for November 20th, 2009, whoever ends up coming onto the project would have to be in Vancouver by December 15th to prepare for a mid-March production start date.

The mad rush to feed off of Twilight's franchise potential may only exacerbate some of the problems that have already arisen for New Moon.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the fledgling Summit studio does not want to re-hire "baby-faced" Taylor Lautner as Jacob. They don't think he has what it takes to play the werewolf love interest/lead in New Moon.

And, in a desperate attempt to keep the role, Lautner's agent has reached out to the special effects people who did Brad Pitt's new Benjamin Button film to see what wizardry they could do to bulk up Taylor.

Another obstacle is finding Native American actors to portray Jacob's werewolf clan, which was difficult in the first film. Lautner himself is not completely Native American.

With only a slightly increased budget of $50 million and breakout lead actors to pay more, shoots in Italy, and shiny new special effects, Summit is going to have to cut corners somewhere.

Rumor has it that Summit has approached Golden Compass' Chris Weitz to direct.

Inside sources say that Hardwicke would have loved to direct the Twilight sequel, if given the license to take her time to make it better than the first, but "it ­became clear that Summit didn’t have those same priorities."

It all sounds like Summit is setting up its Twilight franchise for a sloppy sequel in order to cash in as quickly as possible on its box-office-busting success.

Despite all the dramz, brutal production timeline, and potential for total crap filmmaking, Summit shouldn't have a problem nailing a director soon because, as an insider put it, "We are in a recession. It’s a hit franchise. Whoever steps into it is guaranteed a $100 million gross. Everyone wants this movie."

An executive at another studio added, "You’d have to have a very high standard for art, hate the movie business, and hate ­money to walk off this sequel."

So is Hardwicke an idiot or just trying to avoid an embarrassing cinematic failure?

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418 comments to “More Twilight Dramz!”

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  1. 1

    Taylor is cute, but he seriously needs to condition that hair! Hot Oil treatment for you, papi chulo!

  2. 2

    Let's be real for a sec right here…. does Taylor Lautner look menacing at all? More importantly…does it even matter?

    Twilight was a hot mess and if New Moon is going to be rushed, no way can it be better.

    All they need to do is put RPattz on screen for an hour and a half and everything will be okay. Homeboy is FINE


  3. 3

    OMG…if they seriously fire Taylor, i'm going to be PISSED! I can say i won't be the only one!!!!!! That would seriously be a HUGE mistake on their part!

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    I'm really disappointed. It sounds like they're going to screw this up, and they don't really care. Take your time for God's sake! It's just a movie. Better to wait a few extra months for a GOOD movie than pump out a crap-tastic cash cow.

    They're going to piss a looooooot of people off.

  6. 6

    Please do not fuck this movie up whoever is in charge. I heard the director they want was a part of American Pie. If they make Rob Pattinson fuck an apple pie I will be so pissed!

  7. 7

    this series sounds like a fucking mess.

  8. 8

    I can't believe that they are willing to fire Taylor Lautner, who is actually one of the better actors in the movie, but they aren't willing to fire Kristen Stewart. He has an incredible personality and a likability that is tangible onscreen. Unlike that druggie Stewart. If they are gonna fire anyone, make it Kristen Stewart.

  9. 9

    Well they better hurry up, all those little screaming fat girls aren't going to wait forever!

  10. 10

    thats a wig you dumb ass they were working on a budget so there not gonna get it sewn it smh if they fire him im not going to go see new moon cause to me he is jacob and no one else will do justice to the movie like he can all that money is going to summits head they dont know what to do with it they need to relax the first movie was on a budget and look how well it did! LET TAYLOR STAY!

  11. 11

    Summit Entertainment is truly going to ruin this sequel. It won't be the same without Catherine Hardwicke- her directing style is unique and artsy, and gave everything that mysterious feel.

    By getting rid of Taylor Lautner they will be making a huge mistake. Yes, he may not be fully Native American or theatrically skilled to play the role. So what! Give him some more acting lessons and he'll be just fine, he's so young.

    And he LOOKS Native American. Isn't that enough?

    Perez you are so right, Summit just wants New Moon to be a cash cow. There not worrying about any cinematic quality. It will bite them in the but when the third movie is released.

  12. 12

    Summit are going to ruin the Twilight Saga if they do what they are doing… It's gonna be real disappointing if they ruin it!! There will be millions of angry tweens.

  13. 13

    Sounds like they're about to fuck up New Moon! Don't get rid of Taylor AND Catherine! Drama drama….

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    HE IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  16. 16

    Damn. I really hope it works out well and is 10 times better than Twilight. As for Taylor Lautner, I just barely see him as the younger Jacob, but in New Moon when Jacob starts to change, I picture someone completely different. Sucks for him though if they decide to change.

  17. 17

    There rushing this movie so fast i have a feeling it will be a mess when it comes out.

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    Poor Taylor! And you KNOW he was soooooooooo excited for the next movie!! But, I was wondering that myself. I mean, Jacob is supposed to be taller than Edward by the next book. How are they going to make that work? I feel bad for him, but it's probably best.

  20. 20

    Firing Taylor is a HUGE mistake. He was perfect as Jacob and is a star on the rise. I will not go see New Moon if Taylor is not in this movie.

  21. 21

    I hope they dont rush into making the sequels and totally ruin them!

    & i really like Taylor as Jacob, yeah he def needs to be a alot buffer for the next films, but hes exactly how i pictured Jacob to look like while reading the series. i'll be very upset over an actor change.

  22. 22

    thank you! that taylor kid is waaaay too young to be in the next one - the movies gonna be a hot mess either way so might as well hire some older i mean he's supposed to look in his mid twenties by the next movie anyway

  23. 23

    do uknow howmany people are going to be angry if taylor gets cut out?
    many FUCKING people including me. its horrible that summit doesnt care about making a good movie, just using twilighters for their money not caring if it lives up to the title. they better not fucking rush the damn script
    or there wont be another sequel.

  24. 24

    summit just wants to make heaps of money of twilight , they don`t care if they ruin it .

  25. 25

    Re: harrybalsac – YOU'RE SUCH A DICK! LOL

  26. 26

    SHUT UP! Hardwicke, ok, but Lautner! NO NO NO NO he's my favorite part.
    Grrr. Perez please find out if this is true!!

  27. 27

    I think it's all the best for Hardwicke. I'm sorry, but the movie was definitely less than OK. Hopefully the new director will do a better job.

  28. 28

    they better not eff this movie up! they can't change Jacob's character, it's only a year later!

  29. 29

    Don't fire Taylor, that would suck major ass if they did.

  30. 30

    I thought this was a woman.

  31. 31

    They cant get rid of him he is sooooo cute!! It will be weird to change people after they already made a movie with him!!

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  34. 34

    don't rush into the movie then it will just be shit, slow down and take time the fans want a good movie not a rushed sloppy second. don't fire lautner then all the tweens will be pissed and the movie will lose fans. big mistake.

  35. 35

    Yes, fire one of the only people in the movie who can act. MORONS.

    Cant wait for the epic fail this movie is destined to be, with SUMMIT at the helm. I can already hear the laughter over at Warner Bros.

  36. 36

    Next, Perezito!

  37. 37

    They CAN'T fire Taylor!! He's perfect for Jacob. I hope they get the special effects help they need, I would hate to see him loose this role. Not to mention how this would eff up the future movies. You can't switch actors in the middle of a saga… EFF

  38. 38

    Twilight was not all that great (watchable, enjoyable, but not fantastic)…but fans are really looking forward to New Moon. They have room for serious improvement. If they fuck this movie up, a LOT of people are going to be pissed. Movie magic can make Taylor look older, taller, and more ripped. He has a smile to DIE FOR and is totally believable at Jacob. I mean, New Moon is ALL ABOUT JACOB. If they replace Taylor, it will probably be with some loser who is no where near as hot. Get serious. Losing the director, cutting a "known" actor, and rushing the production will be disasterous. The the crap they're trying to push out can potentially BOMB at the box office. NO MORE INSTALLMENTS! Summit should have listened to Catherine-she knew what she was talking about. Things like this just cannot be rushed.

  39. 39

    They can't keep firing everyone and expect a following

  40. 40

    wowwwwwwwwwww, nice way to ruin a good thing Summit!
    this is going to be all kinds of messy now.
    and 50 mil? ouch.

    PS: Has anyone SEEN pictures of Taylor with no shirt on? You can't get better than that, he's the perfect Jacob.

  41. amik says – reply to this


    there are alot of Native American actors….you didn't kill them all.

  42. 42

    Re: crimson.shamrock

    LOL! Twilight is SO supposed to be the new Harry Potter. Warner Bros. are just "shaking in their boots" at this development! Yeah right!

  43. 43

    Taylor is an expendable actor for this next movie. Sorry if you liked him, but it's just not feasible for him to continue in a role that changes so much. He was so-so. He's still going to be underage for the next one and given how little time they'll have to shoot and his own shooting restrictions, it'll be damn near impossible to finish within Summit's timeline with Lautner cast. As for Hardwicke — she didn't make the $$ for the movie - the books did. The movie paled in comparison to the book and I'm hoping that the next one does a better adaptation, which of course, should mean a new director. Kristen Stewart was probably the best one cast. She played Bella exactly how I envisioned her. Pattinson, not so much, but he grew on me enough to accept him as Edward. We shall see if a new director gives the movie a better edge.

  44. 44

    i love taylor!

  45. 45

    Re: makanani – Hahahahahaha!!

  46. 46

    They seriously cannot get rid of him. It just would be the same, ya know?!

  47. 47

    They CAN'T fire Taylor!! He's perfect for Jacob. I hope they get the special effects help they need, I would hate to see him loose this role. Not to mention how this would eff up the future movies. You can't switch actors in the middle of a saga… EFF

    I truly agree. Summit is going to fuck up this sequel so badly the way their running the show…

  48. MP says – reply to this


    The more I read about this Twilight stuff, the more I see a disaster in the making. I've read all 4 books but haven't seen the movie. Taylor Lautner isn't really what I pictured as Jacob, which isn't to say he's a bad choice, I just think if they want him to be Jacob they're going to have do something to make him more like the Jacob in the book.

    I think the movie studio is making a mistake by rushing this through. I understand why they want to cash in on this cash cow while it's still hot, but if you're going to do it, do it right. It seems Catherine Hardwicke likes to take her time on her projects and I don't think that's something Summit's willing to give her. With a 50 million dollar budget, I guess Rob and Kristen aren't getting paid 12 million each.

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – Hablamos tomorrow, MONO SALSERO!

  50. 50

    if they mess this up im gonna be pissed the eff off.
    whats the rush? it was so painful to watch twilight. Thank God for robert pattinson or i would of walked my ass right out the movie theaters. Instead of firing taylor they should fire kristen stewart she sucked.

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – I WISH MARIO WOULD CHANGE THE POST!

  52. 52

    Catherine isn't an idiot. She tried to get Summit to up the budget and fix the script and they wouldn't, so they fired her.

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  54. 54

    Not Lautner!! Hes so AMAZING and HOT. ahh. nooo.

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    Re: amik – Yeah seriously! There are alot of Native Americans who would happily take on the roles. This asshole movie firm obviously isn't looking very hard, because there are plenty.

  56. 56

    I dont think that hardwicke's schedule or wanting to take her time had anything to do with why she is not doing New Moon. I loved Twilight but thought it could have been better. It was choppy, rushed, and lacked emotion. All of hardwicke's films are like that. I think Summit knew this and just told press it was a schedule issue. I am disappointed they are not giving more of a budget for new moon. They need extra cash for the special effects so that it doesnt look cheezy. Hopefully it all goes well!

  57. 57

    if they want to make the movie good they need to get rid of all the actors besides the main 2 because most of them in the movie couldn't act at all! at least they got rid of the director

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    I really loved Taylor as Jacob, but honestly, they should have never hired him in the first place if they're just going to turn around and replace him. It's not like New Moon wasn't out when they started the movie, they must have known what they were going to need from him for the second one. (Though personally, I think he can do it.) I'm PO'd that CH won't be directing, but I can't say I blame her for wanting to jump ship. Summit's totally shooting themselves in the foot. That $50 mill is such a BS budget, especially when they expect such a massive return from ticket sales. Merry freakin' Christmas to you, too, Summit.

  60. 60

    NO dont fire him no matter how much i hate him it will ruin the movie if he goes

  61. 61

    ok so summit seriously if you mess up new moon its your funeral. why rush this film i mean i understand that the actors are getting older but whats a few more months? i mean i heard that they are pushing a release date for next november for new moon…um what the hell! i love twilight but this seems wayyyyyy to rushed! and dont fire taylor. you already fired the director that should have stayed let the poor boy do the job that i know he can do! :)

  62. 62

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  63. pabst says – reply to this


    LOL, makanani!!! One pie-slammer is PLENTY.

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  65. k-lee says – reply to this


    OMG poor Taylor! I hope they keep him!

    They're seriously going to fuck this movie up with their stupid decisions. I don't mind waiting till 2010 as long as the quality is BETTER than Twilight! Freaking stupid money hungry Summit people!

  66. 66

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO They cannot get a new Jacob. Taylor is Jacob! I don't think the major fans are going to be happy if they start making changes now. Keep the same actors, keep the details just like they are in the book. Don't screw up my Twilight!

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    How can you people say Lautner is perfect for New Moon's Jacob? Are you blind?? Jacob is supposed to be like 6.3 feet and look 25 years old! Explain to me how this 5.9 feet teenager, although cute, is going to fool everybody, even with the best special effects! Its great that you like the actor but come on! what about Steven Strait? they kind of look alike and he is the right age and looks bigger. Im sure there are other more believable options.

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    Re: Shainie – taylor lautner is NOT the Jacob described in New Moon and if you were such a major fan you'll see it

  71. 71

    they cant take him out. twilight fans will kill summit!
    i wont watch it.

  72. 72

    seriously? just for the money? if they fire taylor i'll be so pissed. i def will not go see the movie, because it doesn't feel the same when they change main characters. book 2 and 3 are around bella, edward and jacob…and they'll just ruin it.

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – You know pink is not my favorite color, but if you're happy, well then, that's all that matters. Striking actually.

  74. 74

    I really hope they don't fuck up this sequel. It's not rocket science, but it has a big enough following you'd think they would want to at least keep the fans happy for part 3. :( Go Team Taylor!

  75. 75

    He gots to go! Those baby cheeks won't save you now! You have no charisma!

  76. 76

    i really dont like Taylorr!!!!!so if they want to fire him..its ok!!! because he is like weird…and a bad actor!!!i dont think hes the one for the movie!!!:)

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – MARIO PLEASE CHANGE THIS POST!

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    good, PLEASE get a new Jacob…he's supposed to grow into a BIG, SEXY, MUSCULAR, NATIVE AMERICAN - none of which he is..so bye bye

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    Re: Sweetpiece is confused?? – I FEEL "FIERCE" AS LG WOULD SAY! AND YES I AM A HAPPY MONKEY :mrgreen:

  80. 80

    So much twilight drama. I really hope that they settle everything out. I hope they aren't just milking out New Moon for money. I want them to be dedicated and make it even BETTER than Twilight!

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – DON'T BE CONFUSED!

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    Ugh - I'm reaaally trying to summon the energy to care, but I don't - sorry.

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    okay i'm not saying im like #1 taylor lautner fan lol but if they do not rehire him for the 2nd and 3rd movies, they better not be expecting the same amazing turnout, because now to the fans of twilight, taylor lautner IS jacob. rob pattinson IS edward cullen. people actually went and saw the movie because of taylor. i mean he can just work out a bit more. no big. they'd be making a huge mistake firing taylor.

  85. 85

    There is no way they are going to not have taylor be jacob. So many fans will be upset! And they really need to take their time with New Moon. Twilight was quite a bit different than the book…they should really try to keep with the book on New Moon.

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    Re: Hot Monkey Love Obama Style! – I can just see you belting out some Nina Simone in a smoky cigar bar . . . mmmmmmmmmm

  87. 87

    yeah , this baby face & body is a straight out of highschool acting boy ,stating to all cameras not about Twilight, but about moms & their panites! wtf is that about??? Instead of getting makeup to get a body , better wise up & get a trainer such as American Gladiator Wolf :) Wolf could shape up anyone :) Better yet, cast WOLF as King of the Wolf pack. Hes got it all :)

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    They better not fuck this next movie up. If they do .. you are gonna have a lot of pissed off people. They need to get Tyler on the "beefed up plan" ASAP, bc if you take him out of this movie, it's gonna be WWIII between the movie business and teenage girls around the world. I'd rather them take extra time to make this movie awesome then push it out craptasticly so they can make big bucks. Twilight was so so .. now is the time to make New Moon better, bc you dont have sexy pants R Pattinson in most of the scenes.

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    Ugh I'm really sad that Catherine's not coming back. She did an amazing job in keeping with the storyline in the book, and having a sloppy sequel will not help in the box office. The reason people have gone to see it multiple times is because the movie was well scripted and directed.

    Ugh, summit, you suck.

    And wtf - they can't find North Americans? How hard is it to go to Canada and go to the Aboriginal tribes/cities there?

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    dude. they should have just hired STEVEN STRAIT for the first film and made him shave. he was perfect all along. then there wouldn't be all this talk. seriously. plus he was stephenie meyer's choice.

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    if they get rid of Taylor, the movie just wont be the same. He's the face of jacoub now, it would be like changing an actor in any other series. Take harry potter, for example. If they just changed harry, hermione or ron after the first movie, it wouldn't be the same. if they change him, i'm going to be seriously mad.
    and as for him having to be taller and seem bigger, its all about the special effects! to make him seem more muscular, air brush some muscular looking parts to his body, making it seem like there are more shadows and more definition to his body (but im pretty sure he's got the body for it already > wasn't he some kind of black belt?) and to make him seem taller than robert, give him something to stand on, and have them be on un-even ground or something, and that can be added to with camera angles. over the shoulder looking down or over the shoulder looking up gives the illusion that one person is taller. they already used that in the first movie (field trip scene, where edward says we shouldn't be friends.. its somewhere in there)

    come on! i'm not even a director of any sort or anything, and i've got these ideas, so i'm hoping they can work their movie magic too!

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    Um. Fire Kristin Stewart. She just radiates angry closeted lesbian. She should stick to impersonal, angry teenager movies since she wouldn't have to act at all… just stand there, look like herself and insert awkward breathing & glances screen left and right.

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    Re: brookie.monster – his face would still look like a teenager's. im sorry but jacob is a grown man in New Moon and its cheap to try and make Lautner look like one.

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    The books are popular at some level, among early teens. But there are cheesy and difficult to translate into a serious movie without chopping here and there.
    Let's put it this way, Twilight movie was a success half becuase of the books (little girls) and the half because of Robert Pattinson (T.mothers).
    New Moon will suck, but it will make money because of Pattinson.
    By the way, change the boy who plays jacob, he belongs to Jonas brother boy band. yadayada, he's too sugarry…

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    Re: Sweetpiece is confused?? – ah! the bunny!

  97. 97

    don't fire himmm!!!
    he's so amazing.
    and he's at that age where he's gunna
    grow a lot a lot, which is like jake.
    i mean, of course they'll need to buff
    him up or whatever…
    but he's the perfect jacob.
    i don't know how they could replace him,
    especially after him already playing jake
    in twilight.

  98. 98

    Twilight, schmilight, hand me an aswipe.
    I keep a stack of these cheap paperback novellas beside the can to save on toilet paper.
    Ya digg.

  99. 99

    Sorry but they HAVE to get rid of Taylor…yes he's "cute", but he's young and small. Jacob is supposed to be super tall and muscular and older looking. I don't see how they can keep him. He doesn't look like Jacob to me at all anyway. He's not even Native American. What a joke! You can't tell me that they couldn't find a Native American actor to play the part. Part of me thinks that they have to rush the movies because Rob is playing an eternally 17 year old. Well he's going to age in real life. I know they want to cash in fast, but I think that's part of it too. He's going to look different if they wait to long between each movie. Taylor–well he was just an unfortunate choice from the get go.

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    And Taylor's like what 15… Cute but Closted boobie lovers+Boys Pre-Puberty Do not pair up well.
    Robert Pattinson is a Sex god. That is all.

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