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The director of the first Twilight movie, Catherine Hardwicke, recently said in an interview that original scripts for the movie were horrible.
Hardwicke was handed five scripts by the heads of Summit Entertainment at a Sundance dinner and was asked to read them.
"Every one of those scripts sucked. Oh Lord, did they suck," Hardwicke told New York magazine's Vulture blog.
Hardwicke decided that she would do some research about the story and the fandom.
"So I read the book and I thought it captured that feeling of being madly in love. And I thought, That’s kind of a good challenge, to see if, as a filmmaker, I could make you feel that giddy, crazy,” she continued.
Hardwicke signed on to do the movie, but only if she could do a complete rewrite of the script. She was attracted to the romance between Bella and Edward.
Coincidently, the actors, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, began a romance just as their characters did. Hardwicke admits to feeling bad about the hearts that were broken as Stewart had been dating Michael Angarano and Pattinson was paired with Thirteen star Nikki Reed.
"Catherine Hardwicke has a genius for getting inside the brain and is so in touch with what it's like to be a teenage girl. I couldn't imagine doing that first 'Twilight'," Bill Condon, director of Breaking Dawn, told Moviefone.
Hardwicke was best known for the movie, Thirteen, which she wrote and directed.
Despite the initial script being "horrible," Twilight grossed $392 million worldwide.