Chris Weitz Talks ‘New Moon’ Transformations — and the Proposal Scene!

With Eclipse gearing up to start filming next month, it’s almost easy to forget that the first Twilight sequel, New Moon, hasn’t been released yet. (Will you all be able to hold your breath until November 20?)

But the second installment of the Twilight movie saga is very much on director Chris Weitz’s mind. As Weitz prepares New Moon for release, he took time out to talk to Rotten Tomatoes about what to expect.

Such as the computer-generated effects—particularly the werewolf and vampire transformations.

It seems that Weitz is under strict orders from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to keep the transformations natural—at least, as natural as such things can be.

“Our aim was to make them look like what it says they look like in the book, and not to be too fancy about it,” says Weitz. “You know, it was very important to Stephenie that, for instance, the werewolves transform very quickly and that they look like wolves, that we not have this kind of magical, Lon Chaney-esque long transformations, and I think the reason behind that is to give a sense of their reality.”

“I think that was important for the Volturi as well,” Weitz adds. “They’re not levitating above the ground, they’re not surrounded by mystical auras, they are creatures who actually exist and they’re very specific, they’re very stylish, they’re very elegant, they’re very dangerous. Essentially, it’s really faithful to the book.”

And while he’s on the subject of changes, Weitz discusses the much-talked-about “proposal scene.” Twi-hard Nation was shocked to hear that the scene would be altered from the book version. But Weitz would like to reassure the Twilight faithful. Sort of.

“[The proposal scene]  hasn’t been cut out, I can tell you that much,” Weitz says, before turning cagey. “It’s not going to hit them in exactly the way that they think it’s going to, but I will say that—how can I put it?—it’s going to be quite special. I kind of saved all of my gusto for that moment. I don’t think it will disappoint.”

He’d better hope so!

Tell us in the comments section: Do you trust Chris Weitz to do right by New Moon’s proposal scene?