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bartleby
12-07-2008, 02:16 PM
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/hardwicke-fired-from-twilight-franchise/

Thommy Melanson
12-07-2008, 02:17 PM
WTF?! There's going to BE a Twilight sequel?! :mad:

schizorabbit
12-07-2008, 02:19 PM
WTF?! There's going to BE a Twilight sequel?! :mad:

ClintP's one happy gir--I mean, guy. :)

Ryan Elliott
12-07-2008, 02:19 PM
Suicide watch for Burgos!

Lyfeforce
12-07-2008, 02:20 PM
and nothing of value was lost.

ZombieSpeedball
12-07-2008, 02:20 PM
Did anyone here actually see Twilight? Because I sure as hell didn't.

bartleby
12-07-2008, 02:20 PM
WTF?! There's going to BE a Twilight sequel?! :mad:

That tends to happen with when a movie based on one part of series of books makes significantly more than it cost to produce.

Uther
12-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Meh.
Hardwicke is a lot like Julie Taymor - they're both excellent, excellent production designers who don't seem to have the discipline when they direct to stop their work degenerating into little more stilted exhibitions of their design sense.

Ryan Elliott
12-07-2008, 02:23 PM
Did anyone here actually see Twilight? Because I sure as hell didn't.


ClintP and Tom Burgos and one other chick I think.

Foolish Mortal
12-07-2008, 02:24 PM
WTF?! There's going to BE a Twilight sequel?! :mad:
:lol: I think that was a foregone conclusion.

This seems bizarre move. You don't fire people that delivers a money-making movie. This has to be some personal conflict issue.

NeverWanderer
12-07-2008, 02:24 PM
That tends to happen with when a movie based on one part of series of books makes significantly more than it cost to produce.

Oh dear god, does that mean we're getting a Golden Compass sequel...? :scared: Cuz I don't think I could handle that again.

bartleby
12-07-2008, 02:26 PM
Oh dear god, does that mean we're getting a Golden Compass sequel...? :scared: Cuz I don't think I could handle that again.

I'm not sure the studio has made a dime of profit on THE GOLDEN COMPASS yet.

Ray G.
12-07-2008, 02:30 PM
She was always such an odd choice for this franchise. I wonder what went on.

Joe Henderson
12-07-2008, 02:31 PM
I'm not sure the studio has made a dime of profit on THE GOLDEN COMPASS yet.

They made shocking amounts on Golden Compass overseas, so much so that they were strategizing about making the sequels even though it tanked in the US. I'm pretty sure they've made a little money off of it by now, though maybe not much.

ASHLEY!
12-07-2008, 02:32 PM
I saw this movie and it was horrible. I did not like the director at all. She ruined the film. It really could have been good.
I am very happy to see that she will not be part of the sequel!!

schizorabbit
12-07-2008, 02:32 PM
I'm not sure the studio has made a dime of profit on THE GOLDEN COMPASS yet.

They would've if they didn't screw themselves with the foreign distribution profits. Dumbasses. I think it made over three hundred million oversees and it didn't break seventy or eighty million here.

You know, I actually enjoyed The Golden Compass. Maybe it's because I saw it on Blu-Ray, and it was fucking beautiful in HD. Like doing acid at Christmas. Plus, I thought it was a nice visualization of an awesome book.

EDIT:
Just saw that Joe gave some similar info. *fist pumps*

Joe Henderson
12-07-2008, 02:34 PM
They would've if they didn't screw themselves with the foreign distribution profits. Dumbasses. I think it made over three hundred million oversees and it didn't break seventy or eighty million here.

You know, I actually enjoyed The Golden Compass. Maybe it's because I saw it on Blu-Ray, and it was fucking beautiful in HD. Like doing acid at Christmas. Plus, I thought it was a nice visualization of an awesome book.

I wouldn't say they screwed themselves with foreign distribution profits; for one, the upfront money is what made it safe enough for them to make the movie to begin with, as that covered most of the production costs in and of itself. And i believe they had a sliding scale of participation depending on how much money the movie made internationally, so they still ended up profiting.

schizorabbit
12-07-2008, 02:44 PM
I wouldn't say they screwed themselves with foreign distribution profits; for one, the upfront money is what made it safe enough for them to make the movie to begin with, as that covered most of the production costs in and of itself. And i believe they had a sliding scale of participation depending on how much money the movie made internationally, so they still ended up profiting.

All that's Chinese to me. :) I just remember reading that the producers/movie company sold the foreign distribution rights to cover a lot of the movie, but how much of the three hundred million do you think they--movie company--got?

EDIT:
I for one am proud to be posting in another Twilight thread.

gaspar
12-07-2008, 02:52 PM
I'll preface this by saying that I haven't seen Twilight or read the books.

My brother's girlfriend has read all of the books and talked him into reading the first one because he was going to take her to see the movie. He actually liked the first book enough that he picked up the 2nd one on his own. When the movie came out, they were there on opening day with a flock/herd of teeny girls waiting to see it.

He called me later and said that it was HORRID. He said it set special FX back by a decade. He was appalled by how terribly they adapted many parts of the book. He said the dialog/acting was porno levels of badness. He said that the teeny girls were LAUGHING during parts that were supposed to be dramatic because the acting was so terrible...and these were obviously fans that were there wanting to enjoy the movie!

I'm glad you posted this because I'm sure he'll be happy that the director has been fired. He was hoping that the movie would be decent, so I'll forward the link along to him. I'm actually looking forward to renting the DVD when it comes out to see just how horrible it really is!

Joe Henderson
12-07-2008, 02:53 PM
All that's Chinese to me. :) I just remember reading that the producers/movie company sold the foreign distribution rights to cover a lot of the movie, but how much of the three hundred million do you think they--movie company--got?

EDIT:
I for one am proud to be posting in another Twilight thread.

I'm not really sure. My buddy used to work in international finance at New Line so he handled a lot of the deals. If I remember correctly, they took an upfront fee for every territory (say, for example, 5 million from Japan, though I'm just pulling that # out of my ass), and then percentages of the monies after they reached a certain box office.

What New Line used to do is basically figure out how much it could make off pre-sales and, if those pre-sales completely covered the budget of the movie, they'd greenlight it. If they almost covered it, they'd try to trim the budget down. That way, even if they made a crappy movie, they didn't really lose anything. This worked for awhile, but a slew of crappy movies made it so that the international companies were willing to play less and less up front, which meant they had to roll the dice more by not having pre-sales completely cover the budget.

Artie Pink
12-07-2008, 03:00 PM
WTF? They let girls direct movies now?

ZombieSpeedball
12-07-2008, 03:02 PM
wtf? They let girls direct movies now?

never!

schizorabbit
12-07-2008, 03:10 PM
WTF? They let girls direct movies now?

I always thought Kathryn Bigelow was a cool thriller-action director. She did Near Dark, Point Break ("I'M. AN. FBI. AGENT!!!!"), and Strange Days.

Thudpucker
12-07-2008, 04:10 PM
WTF? They let girls direct movies now?

When people start getting cooties they have noone to blame but themselves.

Tom Burgos
12-07-2008, 08:56 PM
I always thought Kathryn Bigelow was a cool thriller-action director. She did Near Dark, Point Break ("I'M. AN. FBI. AGENT!!!!"), and Strange Days.

I just don't get what happened to her.
Her movies aren't masterpieces, but they are pretty solid entertainment that seems to strike a balance between commercial and artistic sensibilities, and like you allude to, she seems a very capable director when it comes to action.

Why hasn't she done anything else?

Travis M. Bierwagen
12-07-2008, 09:05 PM
I read the book & saw the movie. My problems with the movie were some of the same I had with the book: a) Why are these 2 in love exactly? b) The whole thing kind of falls apart after the baseball game sequence. Then of course the movie had the additional bonuses: bad acting, bad fx, bad script... etc.

I have a feeling Hardwicke may have gotten the axe due to her spouting off about how she wanted a bigger budget for part II. While the studio doesn't seem to think that it's necessary to do that.

Kedd
12-07-2008, 10:12 PM
There's a vision for that movie?

TheTravis!
12-08-2008, 04:59 AM
I'm going to be forced to sit through the sequel regardless of who fucking directs it, so what do I care?

dasNdanger
12-08-2008, 05:09 AM
ClintP's one happy gir--I mean, guy. :)


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/dasNdanger/Twilight2.jpg


:twisted:


das

The Cheap-Arse Film Critic
12-08-2008, 05:09 AM
It makes no difference who directs these movies, they will all still be Emo/Goth nightmares.

TheTravis!
12-08-2008, 05:13 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/dasNdanger/Twilight2.jpg


:twisted:


das

So very, very true.