Twilight – Chapter 1: Fascination airs tonight on 6ter. The film adapted from the novel by Stephenie Meyer and worn by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart was a real box office success.
Released in our theaters in January 2009, Twilight – Chapter 1: Fascination is the first part of a franchise of 5 films adapted from the novels of Stephenie Meyer. The vampiric saga carried by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner succeeded Harry Potter (whose last opus was released on our screens in 2011) and totaled more than $ 3 billion at the global box office.
In 2003, Stephenie Meyer, then a housewife, began writing a literary saga that she imagined in a dream. In her fantasy, a human and a vampire love each other, but the thirst provoked by the human’s blood makes their love impossible.
Meyer writes the first book in 3 months and signs a contract for 3 additional books with the publishing company Little, Brown and Company, for an amount of $ 750,000. Aimed at an audience of young adults, the first novel was released in 2005 and sold over 18 million copies in 35 countries … Then followed 3 other books: Temptation (2006), Hesitation (2007) and Revelation (2008).
In 2008, the American magazine Forbes, who annually establishes the list of the most powerful personalities in the world, places Stephenie Meyer in 26th place in the celebrity category.
The Time Magazine For her part, the novelist ranks 49th on the list of the 100 most influential people. In 2011, the Mormon author’s literary saga sold over 120 million copies.
The idea of adapting these novels to the cinema very quickly germinated in the minds of the studios. Paramount therefore bought the rights to it in 2004. The first version was very different from the novel and the writing of the screenplay stagnated for 3 years.
Summit Entertainment then bought the rights to Paramount and Melissa Rosenberg wrote a faithful adaptation to the novel by Stephenie Meyer. Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke, who produced the dramas Thirteen and The Lords of Dogtown, was chosen to direct the film.
The castings can then begin. The literary phenomenon is such that even before the release of the film more than 350 fan sites are listed.
5,000 actors auditioned for the role of Edward
Many actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Lily Collins or Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy) audition for the role of Bella Swan, but Kristen stewart is quickly chosen. It is also Emile Hirsch, whom Catherine Hardwicke directed in The Lords of Dogtown, who recommends her. The two actors had just toured together in Into the wild.
Over 5,000 actors are auditioned for the role of vampire lover Edward Cullen. British comedian Robert pattinson, interpreter of Cédric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is finally selected.
Filming lasts 44 days and ends on May 2, 2008.
The release of Twilight – Chapter 1: Fascination is announced for December 12, 2008, 3 weeks after the planned release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But Warner changes the Harry Potter date from November 21, 2008 to July 17, 2009.
Summit therefore advances Twilight and takes the place left vacant by the wizard. An ingenious idea since from the first weekend of exploitation in the United States, the film recorded 69.6 million dollars in revenue.
In total, the film brought in 407 million dollars at the international box office (and more than 2 million viewers in France). It is nevertheless the “smallest” result for a film in the franchise. The best score recorded being that of the last Twilight – Chapter 5: Revelation Part 2: $ 830 million worldwide revenue.
Twilight – Chapter 1: Fascination received 5 awards at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress Performance for Kristen Stewart, Male Revelation of the Year for Robert Pattinson, Best Kiss and Best Fight.
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