The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, and leading off what’s sure to be a long week’s worth of film-related shenanigans and geek-tastic news updates was the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One panel that went down in Hall H today. Now, we’re not the biggest fans of the Twilight franchise here at Film Geek HQ, but that doesn’t mean that some of you aren’t, as well. Wanna know what happened during the Breaking Dawn panel? Keep on reading, my fellow film geeks (and visiting Twi-hards)….
As many of you know, the 2011 Comic-Con is in full swing in beautiful San Diego, CA, and nerds from all over the world have traveled countless miles to hear Hollywood pitch some of their biggest upcoming properties. Amongst those properties is Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One, the next-to-last Twilight film. Stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were on-hand to greet fans and talk about the movie, and a few notable bits of information came out of that panel.
For one thing, it sounds like Kristen Stewart was uncharacteristically positive during the panel, offering the following statement about the filming of the soon-to-be-infamous Twilight: Breaking Dawn wedding scene:
“I had been ramping up to shoot [this] movie for four years…When I got to set I was just as nervous and terrified as I expected myself to be. When I saw everyone sitting in the pews it was just so beautiful. I had to get locked away for the rest of the day and I had to be locked into my dress and it was also secret service style crazy security. I ended up being much more relaxed than I thought I would be. Terrified and then fun and then, ‘my day.’ I know it sounds so lame.”
Indeed it does! Director Bill Condon– whose other work includes the very non-Twilight-ish Dreamgirls and Kinsey)– was also on hand, and gave the horror fans who’ve been mistreating the Twilight franchise for the past few years for not being “scary” enough a little bit of hope with this statement:
“The second half turns into a really cool horror movie.”
The crew also screened a clip from the film, and– according to those in attendance– the 5,000 or so fans that were packed into the massive Comic-Con auditorium went absolutely ballistic before, during, and after it played. In case you’re wondering about the scene that was screened, here’s HitFix.com’s Gregory Ellwood providing a play-by-play:
We start off with Jacob in the Cullen house discussing the need to get more blood (possibly for Bella’s pregnancy) with Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) and their concerns about the wolfpack who are out to kill Bella’s potential spawn. Jacob appears to be intent to protect his former love even if it means going up against his tribe. The sequence then transitions to the woods where Jacob calls out his former pack members telling them to come out and talk. Lea (Julia Jones) and Seth (Booboo Stewart) quickly arrive behind Jacob. Jacob shocks them by telling the other wolfpack members to take them back into the group. The shocks continue as the members ask him how they are going to deal with the human/vampire baby Bella is about to give birth too. It appears that Jacob is playing both sides as he dramatically declares, “I’m the only one to destroy it. They trust me.”
Certainly sounds…exciting? I guess? Look, we might not be the biggest fans of the Twilight franchise here at Film Geek HQ, but we recognize a powerful franchise when we see one (besides, we get to mock the films, books, and their fans at our leisure over at Comedy Examiner HQ), and if there’s ever been a powerful franchise we didn’t like…it was the Twilight franchise.
Stay tuned for more on Twilight, the 2011 Comic-Con, and more as it becomes available, Twi-hards and film geeks. As always, you can sound off below in the comments section if you’ve got anything you’d like to add to all this. While you’re waiting on the next batch of news, feel free to check out the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part One trailer we’ve embedded over there on the left: see if you can spot the part that’s kinda ridiculous (Hint: It takes place throughout the entire trailer)!
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