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Summit Entertainment issues statement about leaked BREAKING DAWN pictures

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 1st, 2011

Late yesterday, two pictures popped up online that showed some, ahem, racy portions of Summit Entertainment's next TWILIGHT picture, BREAKING DAWN. Though few standard movie blogs ran the pictures, they were available across the 'net (and quickly) on a number of Twitter accounts, fan sites, Tumblrs, and the like. This is not the first time that TWILIGHT team has faced a leak (and I do doubt it will be the last), but the situation certainly got me thinking.

Summit has managed to pull down most of the pictures (though, as is the case with the Internet, they can still be found by people willing to look hard enough), and now they've issued an official statement asking that fans of the series not only stop posting the pictures, but that they don't even look at them. The statement was posted on the TWILIGHT SAGA's official Facebook page (as run by Summit), and you can read it, along with some of my expanded thoughts on the issue, after the break.

"Dear Twilight Saga fans,

As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.

The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012.

Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you.


Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment"

First of all, I think it's key that this statement comes not just from Summit, but also writer Stephenie Meyer, along with director Bill Condon and producer Wyck Godfrey. Twi-hards are all but rabid for any and all pieces of information regarding their beloved series, but they are also, by and large, respectful of Meyer and her wishes. A heartbroken Meyer does not a happy Twi-hard make. Meyer herself has dealt with the leak of her unpublished novel Midnight Sun (a book based on Twilight, as told from Edward's perspective), and the film franchise has faced a number of leaks of various bits of production throughout its existence.

Second of all, what interested me most about the leaked pictures (and, yes, I did look at them) is what has kept me thinking about them since the situation first broke out yesterday. The pictures in question are not production stills or even on-set photos, they are very clearly screen captures from the film itself. Unlike something like a leaked trailer or a leaked production still, the pictures in question were absolutely never meant for dissemination. Screen captures from an unreleased (and partially unfinished) film are obviously not meant to be seen by the public. So who would leak something like this? And why would any reputable outlet run it? And, that also leaves a much bigger picture to ponder - the leaking of screen captures from a film means that whoever leaked them got them from the film.

Hardcore fans are always going to want to get their hands on new information and fresh looks, but even the nosiest of newshounds has to admit that posting clearly illegal and stolen pictures is going too far.

TWILIGHT fans, I would love to know your thoughts on this. Did you look at the pictures? What do you think of Summit's statement and appeal to fans? Will you continue to look at leaked items from BREAKING DAWN if they keep getting released? Am I being too rigid on this?

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  • Quantumfizzx

    I think there is a general misconception about a Twilight fan “type.”
    Yes, there are those teenagers upon whom Summit, et al seem to focus.
    There are those that are happy to be called “twihards” and appear in public in Twilight shirts.
    Some would follow actors to the point of causing upset.
    There are also many – perhaps even more – adult Twilight fans. Creative. Educated. Professionals.
    I don’t mean TwiMoms… tough, some may crossover.
    A great many are simply Mr. Pattinson’s fans & endure Twilight for his sake.
    For these, “twihard” is an insult. Fighting words.

    So, when inquiring about Twilight fan reactions to leaks and sentiments regarding Ms. Meyer, you’re really asking a far more diverse group of people than it seems the media & Summit’s marketing machine acknowledge.

    I cannot speak for the teens or the Twimoms. I can’t really speak for everyone I know within the Twilight fan universe, because I’ve seen comments that differ from my own opinion; however, what I can do is share the highlights of discussions/reactions yesterday from the network fans that are a small part of the unacknowledged, but huge segment mentioned earlier.

    For the most part, these (mostly non-teen females) were excited to see the pictures. There were several who did not wish to be spoiled & others who felt outright rage on behalf of the production/actors/author.

    I saw NO ONE that said the pictures made them not want to see the movie. In fact, the cast majority (and I don’t use that phrase lightly) were happily surprised to see what Condon had accomplished. Meyers’s often bemoaned fade-to-black honeymoon was replaced with real scenes. It seems the horrific elements of the birth are not being downplayed.

    Several said they had not been enthused about the movie at all prior to the leak, believing that it cannot be interesting if a tame PG-13.
    Why the concern to stay PG-13? Oh, right. Because the powers that be think the fans are all 14.

    To be fair, a large segment of the fans I know do not care for “Breaking Dawn” at all. It’s often denigrated for the underlying themes behind imprinting (exacerated by the imprintee being a child/infant), the diminishment of Edward to nearly a non-character, and the message that the heroine cannot befulfilled/have a truly happy ending without being a mother. Don’t even mention the kid’s name.

    I do not mean to make light of this leak. It’s unconscionable that anyone have their efforts undermined in such a manner. While the collective “we” feel sympathy for Ms. Meyer, the beloved actors, Mr. Condon…perhaps not so much for Summit. Summit has been relentless in their pursuit of fans making tributes (vids, etc) with threats, C&Ds, having accounts deleted, etc. when the contents were easily covered by the Fair Use doctrine. Summit is a bully and one is hard pressed to feel sympathy when a bully suffers a bit.

    • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

      You make a ton of good points. I also have not heard of anyone turned OFF by the photos, or anyone saying “now I will NOT see the film,” etc. etc.

      I think what most interests me about this leak is not the Twilight aspect of it, but the journalistic aspect – the fact that reputable sites (or, at the very least, fan sites run by people who do it for a LIVING) would post material that is so clearly NOT LEGAL. It did not have to be a Twilight leak for me to feel this way – these could have been leaked photos from any film to make me wonder about these issues.

      Also, in terms of my use of the term “Twihard,” if you read any of my other posts on Twilight, I am very much a fan, and use the term with love – no fighting words here. :)

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

    I do also need to comment on your last bit about Summit. My job obviously entails that, on occasion, we get hit with C&Ds, etc. (though, thankfully, it’s rare), but they never anger me – I’m the last person who wants to break the law. I do understand the frustration, though. However, I also think that Summit is remarkable in fan involvement – in my mind, there is no other studio that is so genuinely interested in and engaged with their fans. Do I not like that those things (the legal issues and the fan involvement) have to bump up against each other? Not at all. But it’s probably fair to note that the Publicity team that heads up fan involvement is NOT the same as the Legal team that enforces.

    • Quantumfizzx

      Thank you for your replies. It seems we are on the same wave length, overall.
      I, too, don’t agree with the posting of illegal material on any site, especially for-profit sites. The types of sites I frequent handled it differently; for an example, maybe check out the response from “Random Acts of Rob.” Good for a laugh, if nothing else.

  • DRaeHills

    RobstenI didnt view leaked items,I would not do that to Kristen or Robsten for that matter.. But I can guess that the pitures are great. II love Robsten I dont want them to hurt inside. All of this is very disapointing. I wish Rob and Kristen the very best!Rob we love you both!! From Utah!!

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