7/30/2009

Bryce Dallas Howard: The Easiest Way to Kill a Movie Series...

Earlier this week, a big hullabaloo was made of a casting change up in the Twilight Saga movie, Eclipse. It seems that Rachelle Lefevre is being replaced in the role of Victoria by Bryce Dallas Howard. According to the studio, Lefevre booked another movie scheduled to shoot during a crucial time in the sequel's production. According to Lefevre, the studio is lying and never indicated a problem with scheduling to her before they announced the recast. According to me, teenage girls everywhere are still going to see this movie no matter what, so who cares.

But, I feel like someone needs to warn the studio of the potential consequences of their decision to bring in Howard. I don't have anything against Bryce. I happen to think she's really talented and pretty. But, in looking over her resume on IMDb, I can't help but notice a pattern. Let's see if you can spot it, I'll even highlight some clues for you...

There have been three times when Bryce has appeared in pre-existing movies series. (And yes, I'm counting The Village as part of a series. Shyamalan's movies are similar enough to make that claim.) And each of those three times marked the first time in the series that a movie was marked by commercial or critical failure.

The Village was the first film by M. Night Shyamalan that wasn't met with immediate praise. It also served as a road mark in a steady downhill slide in success. Spider-man 3 saw tons of commercial success, but was pretty much universally despised. And Terminator Salvation, despite its desperate attempt at legitimacy in casting Christian Bale, was still but a shadow of what Terminator 1 and 2 was. And didn't make nearly as much money as the studio had hoped. What? You say they made a part 3? Hmm... Don't remember that.

So Summit Studios, beware. It seems that Bryce Dallas Howard, despite her good looks and talent, might actually be a bad luck charm in regards to sequels. Good thing you've got legions of teenage emo/goth girls who are already camping out for tickets to New Moon in November...

5 comments:

emily said...

Hmm I probably would've highlighted Lady In The Water instead of The Village. I liked The Village.

I guess that's the point though. The Village was the first one that really got mixed reviews.

Josh(ua) Treece said...

I liked both movies! Although, I was a little disappointed with how predictable The Village was. I guessed the ending 1/4 of the way through. And I liked Lady In the Water, although it was a bit heavy on exposition and light on character development. And The Happening was terrible. Absolutely terrible.

TS Harrison said...

I dig all of M. Night's movies. And his new one, The Last Airbender, looks amazing.
I also like Terminator Salvation. I'm looking forward the rest of the trilogy.
I will stand up for Bryce Dallas though and say that she didn't kill Parenthood or Apollo 13.

Josh(ua) Treece said...

Ahh... But neither of those belonged to a pre-existing series...

And I'm not saying that her performance ruins movies. Maybe she's just bad luck...

emily said...

I find it so hard to dislike The Happening because of Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg. Too much beauty too ignore. Pretty much everyone hated that movie though, so I guess no one agrees with me.

Maybe that's why they cast them.