Whether you loved or hated the Twilight movies, you've got to admit they pretty much captured the teen romance flavor of the original novels. But who knew the films almost turned out WAY different from what Stephenie Meyers intended? Not only were they almost made as action flicks, but Bella's father was meant to die!
Paramount, the original studio on the project, commissioned a script before putting the project on hold. And according to Twilight producer Mark Morgan, "their rewrite wasn't exactly like the book."
And Morgan doesn't mean the script was a LITTLE different from the book. He means it was a LOT different.
Here's some of what he had to say:
"They wanted to go more with an action movie. ... They had Bella fighting back. They had her father dying in one of the scripts, actually, and her becoming a vampire in the first movie. There were a lot of weird things that I don't think they understood at the time, because the books were just becoming popular. By the time [the script] got to Summit, they were smart enough to say 'You know what? Let's throw out all the old scripts and let's start from scratch. ...
"Ironically, I love Paramount, but I do not think they would have hired Catherine, our first director. They would have gone for someone bigger. Boys. More action. I mean, one of their drafts literally had a Korean FBI agent who was hunting and tracking vampires across the coast. There was SWAT in the trees and literally it was like, 'Red leader, read leader 1′ and the vampires were picking them out of the woods. It would have been a different movie."
As for how the fans of the novels would have reacted, Morgan says: "They would have stoned us."
How about you?