The Twilight Saga: New Moon
By Monique Dos Anjos
Whether fans agree or disagree, director Chris Weitz had a lot of slack to pick up from the first Twilight film, but Weitz, director of “The Golden Compass”, wanted to leave out no details for “New Moon”, which premiers on Friday, Nov. 20.
While directing the film, Weitz kept in contact with Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga.
“He was interested in the small things, like ‘can this person wear shoes?’” Meyer said in the movies production notes. “He wanted to make it like the book, and he was very, very cool about that.”
“New Moon” is the second installment of the Twilight series. The story continues with the introduction of new characters that are polar opposites from the vampires many Twifans idolize. The much anticipated, shirtless Quileute wolf pack has finally arrived. In an interview with Alex Meraz, as “Paul,” and Kiowa Gordon, as “Embry,” the wolves bare all (not literally).
“I feel like I’ve just extended my family,” Meraz said. “They’re really like my brothers now.”
The Quileute pack includes characters Sam Uley, Paul, Embry Call, Quil Ateara, Jared, and teen-heartthrob Jacob Black. Taylor Lautner, who plays “Jacob Black,” gained 22 pounds of muscle for the movie. But will the characters in the movie reflect the novel that has been translated into more than 20 languages?
“It’s a bit different from what I’ve done before,” Weitz said in the movie’s production notes. “but it also draws on some of my experience.”
There are fans who are head-over-heels for the books and its men and then there are those fans who are head-over-heels for the men in the movie. One of these groups will be left disappointed; the movie cannot please everyone.
Are the actors intimidated?
“It’s pretty intense but I’m very grateful and honored because a lot of actors would kill to be in this position,” Meraz said. “The fans are 100 percent behind us and behind the project.”
“New Moon” is the continuation of the love story between Edward and Bella. When Edward decides to leave Bella for her safety, Jacob Black, her childhood friend growing up in the town of Forks, is there to be her shoulder to cry on. “I won’t lose you, Bella. Not for this,” Jacob said in the book.
With the days drawing closer to the “New Moon” premier, fans are eager to see the film by any means necessary. Nordstrom was having a promotion for advanced screening tickets. If someone purchased at least $50 in merchandise from the BP. section they received screen pass for a special showing of the movie.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is rated PG-13. It contains some violence and action.