'Twilight' tussle: Summit bites back
Summit Entertainment, which makes the sexy supernatural "Twilight" films, is rearing up like a vampire who's been ineptly staked.
The film studio not only stands by its decision to recast the role of Victoria the vampire, replacing Rachelle Lefevre with Bryce Dallas Howard for "Eclipse," but is also firing back at Lefevre's recent comments blaming the studio.
"We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre's recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio," begins a letter issued by Summit. "Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts."
And to show just how serious they are, the studio illustrated the facts with silver-tipped bullet points:
• Ms. Lefevre's representatives were advised as early as April that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" was expected to start shooting in early August.
• If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes "passionate," about being part of "The Twilight Saga," we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."
• It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre's commitment to "Barney's Version," a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.
• Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's" principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.
• Contrary to Ms. Lefevre's statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story. The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre's commitment to the other project -- which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment -- makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."
Yikes! We wouldn't want to meet Summit alone in the woods, or a courtroom for that matter.
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