MovieWeb recently talked with Jackson about the myriad films he has right now, including the horror film Dread, the upcoming The Last Airbender, and of course Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. He also talked a bit about directing his late friend Spencer Bell’s music video and his interest in writing and directing short films.
I hear you’re directing music videos now as well
Jackson Rathbone: Yeah. I directed this video for a friend of mine’s song, Beautiful, More So, by Spencer Bell. He was a dear friend of mine who died four years ago from adrenal cancer. It’s a tribute to him, to his music and it’s also it’s kind of an ad for this Spencer Bell Legacy Concert, which is sponsored by the ASCC Now, which is Artists Supporting a Cure for Cancer Now. The idea is that hopefully it will raise more awareness, raise more money to fund this. It’s a show in Dallas on April 24th. If you want to check that out, we’re trying to get the word out.
We talked a bit about the music video you directed. Is that maybe a stepping stone into feature directing for you then?
Jackson Rathbone: Oh, definitely. I’m actually adapting a couple of short stories right now, not for full-length but for short films, so hopefully I can start kind of slowly, get my feet wet, starting to inch my way to that big feature directing, producing and writing. I want to start off adapting and directing those short films and then, hopefully, write and original full-length film and direct it. That’s kind of my plans for next year or the year after. It’s definitely going to happen within the next few years.
Are these short stories anything we might be familiar with?
Jackson Rathbone: Well, right now, I’m kind of in the middle of the option agreements and all that. I can’t really talk about it too much, I don’t want to jinx it. I want to make sure it goes through and get the option, because I’ve already kind of written it (Laughs). Now I’m just waiting to make sure that’s legal.
And, for any Twilight Saga fans who aren’t sure if they want to pick up Dread on DVD, Jackson has this to say:
Jackson Rathbone: Well, I think if you want to have a good time with a nice psychological thriller, get a little scared, I think it’s a good movie for your girlfriend too (Laughs). Make her hold you close, that’s always right with a horror film. It’s a great film. If people are interested in checking it out, I’d love it.
Check out the full interview here.