Uh Oh, Spider Monkey: Catherine Hardwicke Hated the 'Twilight' Script

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Ever since "Twilight" blew up the box office back in 2008 and became an international phenomenon, haters have come out of the woodwork to trash pretty much every aspect of the franchise. Hey, when you're that popular and successful, you're going to have a target on your back.

But now there's a new figure adding her voice to the chorus of critics -- and you'll never guess who thinks the script for the first "Twilight" movie "sucked."

Here's a hint: It's "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke herself.


The revelation that Hardwicke hated the script to her own movie comes courtesy of a new interview with New York Magazine. And it's wasn't like there was just one bad version of the script -- the studio apparently kept sending her one rewrite after another, each just as bad as the last.

"Every one of those scripts sucked," she says. "Oh, Lord, did they suck. I thought the script was horrible, but then I looked it up on the Internet and I thought, Okay, it's based on a book and people tend to like it. There's gotta be something there. 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..."

So if Melissa Rosenberg's adaptation of Stephenie Meyers' novel sucked so bad, just how did the movie end up becoming a hit anyway? Naturally, it's because Hardwicke insisted on being allowed to re-write the script herself once she was on board as director.

Of course, all of this can be taken with a grain of salt considering Hardwicke notoriously was let go by the studio after the first movie, while Rosenberg stayed on to write the scripts for the rest of the series. So is the first "Twilight" really the only good one, thanks to Hardwicke's intervention? Or is this just another case of haters gotta hate?

Looks to us like someone's bitter she got eclipsed.