April 27, 2009

Channing Tatum is Melissa Rosenberg's Pick for Riley

Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter for Twilight, New Moon & Eclipse, voiced her pick for the role of Riley in Eclipse:

“There’s a very big battle at the end with Riley, and I think Channing would do that so well,” Twilight and New Moon screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who is currently writing the Eclipse script, told us this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation.

“And there are some complexities to that character," she adds. "He really is tragic. He’s a puppet for Victoria [bad-girl vampire played by Rachelle Lefevre]. So he has to break your heart a little bit at the end when he realizes that she doesn’t want him. Channing could do that beautifully.”

Also, she justifies More Rob in New Moon:
“In the book, he’s actually an enormous presence in [Bella’s] mind,” Rosenberg said. “He’s so present in her mind throughout the entire center of the book, so we really played off that, and it kept him alive in a slightly different way, but fans will feel it’s true to the book. You can’t have a Twilight without Rob Pattinson.”
Melissa, who has not yet been hired to pen Breaking Dawn's screenplay, dishes on how the more gory scenes in Breaking Dawn will likely be toned-down:
“Our fans are in the PG age range, and I don’t feel a big necessity to see violence, and to see gore,” Rosenberg said. “I don’t need to see that. This whole series is more about their relationship. It’s not about the gore. I mean, there are some scary and special elements to it, but the series is really about relationships and coming of age and owning one’s power.”
Read the rest on E!Online.

Thanks, Phia and Kim!


  1. Channing Tatum is my *VERY* fave eye candy man in all of the entire world - i would LOVE if he became a part of this movie because then he could be in VanCity :) also, he's dayum hot and would just add to the eye-candy drool-worthiness of the movie mmmm

  2. Hmm. Yes I agree. He would be great as Riley. He looks very much like what I envisioned when I read the book.

  3. he looks to old to me. I always pictured Riley way way different!

  4. Ooo I love this guy! Ever since I saw Step Up. (Yes I saw that movie AND I loved it)
    He would make a great Riley.

  5. Hmmm, didn't Summit release 'Step Up?'
    And aren't they getting ready to release Step Up XXVIII this fall?

    Doesn't Melissa write scripts for Summit movies?

    Hmmmm . . .

  6. Okay, Im going to sound off here, so excuse my insanity.

    First off, I think they should replace Melissa as screen writer. I loved Twilight, dont get me wrong, but her adaptation was so poorly thought out. She added non characters like Waylon the drunk and a waitress with a purple blouse instead of saving screne time for the MEADOW!!!!! WHAT THE FUDGE,,ROSENBURG?!

    Now she's casting dudes for Eclipse? Riley is such a non important character. Why is she focusing on him?

    And now my concerns fo BD. I swear if she messes with the honeymoon scene, or the birth, or even their first night together as vampires, I will personally shove flaming dog poo on her door step and cackle madly!

    Okay...calming down, breathing, taking a chillpill...or two. Does anyone else agree that she seems to focus on the unimportant moments rather then focusing on the story itself? UGH!

  7. I agree with Kerri, IF Breaking Dawn is made into a film (This is a BIG IF, because Stephenie has stated in interviews that she would be hesitant to release the rights, given that CGI isn't up to par to her standards for how she would want Reneesme to appear alert and understanding, even as a young child... so unless a digital effects company can come up with an idea that satisfies that requirement, no BD.) they need to keep it true to the book- including the birth scene. It's one of my favourite parts of the whole series, such a pivitol moment - Bella's ultimate wish is coming true, but it's in such a horrible manner that the true extreme needs to be accurately portrayed.


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