The film is still currently in post-production and prints are expected to ship from the US to the regional distribution centers on November 20 at the earliest. The prints are expected to arrive at the regional distributors a few days later, and to local distributors a few more days later still, thus, necessitating the move.
We will post more details as we get them, but right now, this is all the information we have been cleared to post. Please do not bombard Viva with any more inquiries, and most of all, please don't send them hate messages, as this really is out of their control, and they have been working tirelessly on promos and activities related to the movie for us fans (which you all will learn about soon). They are very thankful to all of us for our support of Twilight.
Please do not repost this article, and please do not post hate messages in the comments.
UPDATE (Oct. 23): We would like to address some of the questions that have been raised regarding the new Release Date for the Twilight film.
- Again, this is NOT Viva International Pictures' fault, please don't flame them or blame them.
- Viva was informed by Summit Entertainment that they will not be able to ship out the prints from the U.S. early enough for them to make it here in time for our November 21 date (November 20 for premieres). This is because Twilight is still in post-production as of now -- the film is still being finished and polished.
- The prints, apparently, are not shipped to us directly. They are first shipped to the regional distributor (which is in Thailand, if we are not mistaken), and from there, the prints are shipped to us. This whole process takes several days. Summit will ship the prints from the US to Thailand starting Nov. 20 at the earliest, and that means we won't get them by Nov. 21.
- If you ask us (and this is just our opinion, not an official statement from the distributor), this was probably caused by Summit's decision to move their release from December to November, back when it was announced that Harry Potter moved to July 2009. Before that happened, the people working on post-production (editing, effects, etc.) were probably still following a timetable designed for a December release. Post-prod takes up most of a film's production schedule, and we won't be surprised if the studio just realized they're running out of time. Oh, and there were those reshoots that were completed just a few weeks ago.
- We are pretty sure this did NOT happen because Summit just wants the U.S. to have an exclusive release date, as some people are speculating. If they did, then they would have mandated long ago that only the U.S. will have a November 21 release, but that is not the case.
- We know that the official Twilight Movie Website still says "November 21" for the Philippines. Maybe they haven't updated the site yet, but whatever the website says, the sad reality is we won't have the prints on November 21. No prints, no screenings.