With Comic-Con only days away, Summit Entertainment and director Chris Weitz are preparing for New Moon madness, with a preliminary promotional sweep that could make or break the second film in the Twilight Saga.
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times wrote of their visit to the New Moon set today, where an interview with Weitz revealed what’s at stake (no pun) for the highly anticipated flick.
“The fear sometimes when you’re making a film is that you’ve gotten everybody all dressed up with nowhere to go. Certainly, there is the possibility that I can drop the ball,” Weitz said.
The sequel is a different animal from the first film, where pale make-up and the odd tree-climbing sufficed for special effects. In this installment, you’ve got strapping young men becoming werewolves, Kristen Stewart‘s Bella doing all sorts of destructive stunts and an Italian Royal Family of vampires to worry about.
The Times estimates that around 450 visual effects must be completed before Moon‘s November release, in addition to score and soundtrack (featuring Radiohead, Muse and Band of Skulls this go-round).
And as for studio Summit–they’re too busy shouldering Eclipse, the saga’s third film, which has tapped Hard Candy helmer David Slade, known for clinical terror and outright gore with flicks like 30 Days of Night.
The fate of the film, says the paper, really belongs to its overwhelmingly popular (and borderline reclusive) stars–Robert Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner–who are slated to attend Comic-Con to help with hype.
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