MTV has posted a spoiler-heaving interview they did with Melissa Rosenberg before New Moon came out. Melissa talks about four key details that she tweaked, augmented or deleted entirely when writing the New Moon screenplay.
In the video, Melissa talks about two of the changes she made; the other two:
Cause of Death Unclear …
Although he’s a relatively minor character, the death of Quileute elder Harry Clearwater sets off a pivotal chain of events in the “Twilight” world. In Meyer’s “New Moon” novel, Charlie Swan’s friend dies of a heart attack. In the movie, the sight of vixen vampire Victoria kills him. So why the switch? “Well, in the book, Harry Clearwater’s heart attack is mentioned as something that happens offscreen, although it plays a crucial part of the structure of the books. It’s what gets Edward going to the Volturi, after he calls Charlie and then Jacob answers and says, ‘Charlie’s at a funeral,’ ” she explained. “That launches the entire third act of the movie. … That just gave me the idea ‘Stephenie doesn’t specify what causes the heart attack,’ so I decided that it could be caused by something startling him. It could be caused by fear. That was a way to keep Victoria alive. It was a way to keep Charlie and the danger of the hunt alive, and that’s where we get a really great action sequence with Victoria that blends together important parts of the movie and important parts of the book moving forward. So I particularly like that.”
The Love of Laurent
Sadly, fan fave Edi Gathegi doesn’t get much screen time in “New Moon” and dies quite quickly. Rosenberg told us that if she had one regret, it’s that she would’ve liked to delve deeper into the nomad’s motivations. “Yes, we had to pull out some of the backstory, because it really just came down to conversation. Laurent was in Alaska, trying to be a vegetarian briefly, and all of his relationship with the Denali clan,” she revealed. “A lot of the backstory for Laurent had to be pulled, because it just slowed everything down. I wish we could have gotten more of that in there.”