HitFix has a fabulous in-depth interview with New Moon director Chris Weitz. I would highly recommend reading the entire interview but if you don’t have time HitFix has provided a list of what they see as highlights from the interview-
*Even Weitz was surprised with how quickly Phil Tippet’s company turned around the Jacob wolf shot at the end of the first teaser trailer. The shot has gone through numerous iterations and is much more photorealistic than that version.
*He’ll be submitting a director’s cut of the film to Summit within the next two weeks.
*Alexandre Desplat is currently working on the movie’s score. It may include hints at Carter Burwell’s original “Twilight” theme, but will sound different.
*Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon are interested in contributing to the film’s soundtrack.
*A couple of new scenes from the film will be shown during the “New Moon” Comic-Con panel on Thursday, July 23.
*The movie within a movie, “Facepunch,” will only be heard — not seen.
*Shooting in Italy with all of the fans that trekked across Europe to see the production was like Beatlemania.
*His vision of the Volturi is very much like the book and unlike a number of fan inspirations that have hit the web. He also sees them as having gone slightly insane after living for 2,000 years.
*He’s met with David Slade and expects the filmmaker’s vision for “Eclipse” to be different than what he’s doing with “New Moon,” but with the same actors and visual effects team.
*He’s flattered that fans want him to direct “Breaking Dawn” without seeing “New Moon,” but thinks the fans will want Slade to do it by the time “Eclipse” comes out.
*Weitz needs to turn the film in by Oct. 30 to strike prints or if not, they are in “big trouble” to make the release date.
This is one tidbit that HitFix left off their list that I thought was imperative for all Twilighters to read
Q: Can you tell us about the proposal scene at the end of the book? Fans are worried that it’s either been altered or cut out of the film. Can you address those concerns?
They haven’t been cut out. I can tell you that much. It’s not going to hit them the exact way they think it’s going to, but I will say — how can I put it? It’s going to be quite special. I could have saved all of my gusto for that moment. I don’t think it will disappoint.
Tomorrow HitFix and Rotten Tomatoes will be publishing stories from their New Moon set visits. We’ll post the links here as soon as they are up.