IESB talked to Wyck Godfrey about producing the Twilight Saga movies, David Slade, Twilight fans and more.
IESB: For people who aren’t necessarily familiar with what a producer does, what exactly is your involvement with the films?
Wyck: You really oversee the development and the production of the movie, coordinating between the director and the actors, everything that’s happening on set and the studio, and the guys that are paying for the movie.
IESB: How much of an advantage has it been for you to have Stephenie Meyer as involved as she is? How vocal is she, as far as how she wants things done?
Wyck: She’s insightful about things we’re doing, and always goes back to character, the rules of the world and the mythology. It’s been really helpful because, with an audience that is as fervent as hers is, you want to make sure you get it right. I’ve done a bunch of book adaptations and the ones that have worked have been because we really went back to the source material and followed it. You have your audience that loves the books, which is your first core audience, and then you need to expand beyond that, but you don’t want to tick them off. So, with Stephenie being there, you just know that the films are going to deliver what the audience wants.
IESB: Was there a pivotal moment in the production of the first film, where you realized that you were no longer making just this small independent movie, and that it was going to be this huge phenomenon?
Wyck: No. When we were shooting the first one, we knew that there was a cult-ish following of the book, but we didn’t know how big it was. Once we wrapped and started post-production, it wasn’t until Comic-Con that summer that we realized what was happening. The Host, her other book, came out that May and was a big best-seller. Then, Comic-Con happened. Then, she had Breaking Dawn come out in August and the sales were astronomical. All of a sudden, this book series that had sold three or four million copies was selling 30 to 40 million. And then, by the time the movie came out, we thought it was going to be big, but we still didn’t know that it was going to be as big as it was. It was exciting to be a part of.
Read the entire interview here.