March 26, 2009

March Moon madness

Actor Gil Birmingham has confirmed he's in New Moon. Perhaps he just learned he's been rehired. Or perhaps he was rehired months ago and has just received permission to announce it.

You have to wonder what's going on behind the scenes. Twilight's producers replaced the director. They almost replaced Taylor Lautner. Apparently they're replacing Solomon Trimble and Krys. They just confirmed Gil Birmingham and announced the Quileute Wolf Pack.

How much management skill does it take to hire a director and actors and stick with them through 2-3 sequels? Was anyone signed to the proverbial three-picture deal? Did the producers reconsider all the actors in Twilight, or only the actors playing Natives?

I don't think I've never heard of a movie series with this much turmoil or turnover. Is this common in the industry? Because it sure seems uncommon to me.

And they're starting filming next week? Are there any more roles to be cast? I guess the script is done...or is it? I don't know if they have all the pieces in place, but it sure seems like they're rushing ahead.

With all the special effects (Twilight's vampire-batics plus New Moon's werewolf transformations), it may be tough to finish the post-production work by the November 20 opening date. This hurried schedule doesn't inspire confidence that New Moon will be any better than Twilight, which got mixed reviews. But I suppose we'll see.

For more on the subject, see Quileute Werewolves in Twilight.

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