Chris Weitz Shares His Experience As ‘Cinderella’ Screenwriter
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Chris Weitz better known for his work as director of “The Twilight Saga” and “American Pie” shared his experience as a screenwriter while working on Disney’s “Cinderella”. The movie released on March 13, 2015 starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others.
Talking to Coming Soon, Weitz said that Walt Disney never put any sort of restriction regarding his work. Whether they want this or that and it was the main reason that we came up with such a film that has both the originality and freshness. We had a goal to elaborate the story rather than destroying its essence and charm.
Telling more about the new plots in the story like Cinderella meeting prince before the ball or a complete original prologue in the film, the 45-year-old says that we wanted to give more humanity to the characters, like why the stepmother hated Cinderella, or prince’s introduction before the ball. The prologue was a must to be included in order to tell the audience where Cinderella came from, why she was so kind hearted and had tremendous courage at the same time.
On being asked about the decision to stay away from direction after “A Better Life”, Chris says, “It was an unconscious decision to do some writing stuff for now. I don’t get much time with my three children while directing so for some time I am happy as a writer.”
The project Chris Weitz is presently working on is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which will release on December 16, 2016.