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CONFIRMED: Philippine release date of "Twilight" has been moved

Viva International Pictures has confirmed that the local release date of Twilight has been moved yet again. The expected opening date is now NOVEMBER 26, 2008 (Wednesday). The new release date is due to logistical availability issues on Summit Entertainment's end.

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. 
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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.
We will be discussing this and other related issues in the next episode of Danag: The Filipino Twilight Saga Podcast, so stay tuned for that. :)

69 comments:

  1. gabe said...
     

    *sob* *sob* :'(

  2. tineechi said...
     

    aaaawwww, kind of a little saddening,though there's nothing we could do about it... more days to wait...But I'll still definitely wait eagerly for it... hehehe

  3. ina said...
     

    huhuhu

  4. Jei said...
     

    I can just imagine a plethora of Twilight fans seeing the movie a hundred times already, blogging about it, and we're still here, waiting for our turn...

    It's really sad...

  5. Clair de Lune said...
     

    JEI-

    That's exactly what I'm afraid of. :(

  6. jessica said...
     

    So sad. :(

  7. Cygnus said...
     

    It's kinda disappointing since my cousin and I were planning on skipping work that day (legally of course!) and starting the weekend early.

    Well, what the heck! It's only another 5 days right? We can survive. We'll have to divert ourselves with some Christmas shopping instead and avoid the internet like the plague so as not to get spoiled!

    Come to think of it, we already know what will happen right? Let's just feed on the excitement and cheer of the ones who saw it early and psyche ourselves up even more ;-)

  8. Anonymous said...
     

    waaaahh!!! :'(
    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHhh!!

  9. Anonymous said...
     

    SERIOUSLY??!!!!! ARE THEY FREAKING KIDDING ME??? I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR 6 MONTHS ALREADY, AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING THAT THEY WILL BE MOVING IT TO NOVEMBER 26!??? WHAT THE HELL???!!! I KNOW ITS JUST ALMOST ANOTHER WEEK OF WAITING... BUT COME ON! IT'S TORTURE!

  10. Clair de Lune said...
     

    CYGNUS-

    I admire your EQ. I really do. ;)

  11. pauline said...
     

    Oh man, that is so sad. CAN'T WAIT!

  12. Jei said...
     

    No Internet browsing for five days to avoid spoilers. Huh. Maybe it isn't that hard. ;-)

    Now I'm envious. :-(

  13. Mariae said...
     

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  14. cleotie said...
     

    so is your promo/prize of free premiere tix for the Stephenie postcard still on?

    this post is so depressing..hay..can't wait to be with the Cullens..

  15. Anonymous said...
     

    If they're just gonna move the date again and again, WHAT'S THE POINT OF WATCHING THE MOVIE????? TOTALLY U-N-F-A-I-R! maybe we should just fly to the states to be able to watch it there.... SHEESH :( stupid mahn! that's just plain stupid...

  16. Anonymous said...
     

    okay, now i'm really disappointed. i've been waiting for this movie for quite some time.. screw them. it says 21 on the twilight website! sheesh! they disappointed us twilight fans yet again.

  17. bernadette.ü said...
     

    I am really sorry for being one of those who bombarded VIVA with inquiries (though i texted only once), I just wanted to confirm, just that. I really am sorry.

    Well. Let us just think that this is just a test for us twilight fans. If we truly love twilight, then we'll wait for it. Besides, November 26? I think we still are lucky because some of other twi-hard fans in other countries have to wait longer than us, right?

    So, let us just accept it. And be more patient. :)

  18. tiffany said...
     

    grrr! can't believe that it has been moved! this is total torture!

  19. Anonymous said...
     

    aww...
    so sad..:(
    anyway,, it's worth the wait:)

  20. Anonymous said...
     

    from November 20... to 21... and now, November 26. *sob*

  21. Anonymous said...
     

    HAHAHA! I love it! They are gonna show it on November 26 in the Philippines. They are going to show it in Nov. 21 here in States! YIPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEE! :P

  22. gliza irene said...
     

    >_____<


    i know it will happen...

    ugh...

    i dont want to expect anymore...

    we have to avoid the spoilers and whatsoever...

  23. Anonymous said...
     

    sana DECEMBER magshowig ang TWILIGHT sa Philippines. HAHAHA! :P

  24. Anonymous said...
     

    And once again, the fangirls are overreacting. Poor viva.

    Guys, come on, it's just five days. It's not even Viva's fault. And you do know what will happen in the movie, you've all read the book.

    Let's be thankful they moved it to 26 and not a year later unlike with some highly anticipated movies like coughHarrypottercough. Now, that's the one deserving of huge disappointment.

    Anyway, thanks for this. I love how you explained it was not Viva's fault. If the fangirls would just read your post slowly and clearly, they wouldn't be overreacting.

  25. Anonymous said...
     

    don't worry, we'll be able to see twilight as early as the others...
    ate from bangketa will provide us deebeedees while we wait for 26 :)

    it's Viva's loss, but, since they can't deliver, us fans will find our ways... captain jack sparrow will be so proud...

  26. Anonymous said...
     

    I WILL NEVER BUY A PIRATED COPY OF TWILIGHT.

    SWEAR! :))

    by all means, I WILL WATCH IT ONLY ON CINEMAS. just a share. anyways..

    i agree. let's not overreact..

  27. maphnie said...
     

    it's a torture. come on!!!!

  28. Clair de Lune said...
     

    BERNADETTE-
    That's okay. As long as you were nice to them naman, I think they still appreciate the inquiries. It shows that a lot of fans are really excited to see the film. We're just asking people to stop flooding Viva now, since they have already issued confirmation. :)

    ANONYMOUS-
    Once again, it is NOT Viva's fault, it is SUMMIT'S.

    THE OTHER ANONYMOUS-
    Thank you for saying you will not buy a pirated copy. And this is a sincere comment. :)

  29. TIKisokA said...
     

    you know what this news about the
    later-than-US-movie-release-date
    worries me...?

    PIRATED DVDs!!!!

    tsktsk
    this will not help...
    despite the fact that there will still be a LOT watching the movie...
    still there will be those taking advantage...
    tsktsk

  30. KEA said...
     

    This only means one thing for students... It's a day to ditch class!

  31. rose_ said...
     

    this is frustrating

  32. Ayiene said...
     

    That's alright.
    I could wait just for Twilight.

  33. prey4u said...
     

    It's okay. :) Though I'm a li'l bit disappointed. Like what others said, it's good to know that they moved it only days later, not a month, not even next year (Jan 2009).

    We'll ALL be able to watch it pa rin naman. Patience. :D I will start to do that.

    *slight shocked as I've already planned a girls' nite out with my friends on Nov 20. well, all we have to do is to move it,too, on Nov 25.* :D

    God bless, Filipino TWILIGHTERs. Let's be patient! Go go!

  34. jazzcullen said...
     

    yes. let's not over-react.ü at least, now we'll have more time to prepare for the Twilight madness.ü

  35. apple said...
     

    will there still be an advanced screening? when will it be?

  36. Clair de Lune said...
     

    APPLE-
    There will be several on Nov. 25. That's the earliest na.

  37. angel (vampzzz) said...
     

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    IT CAN'T BEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    oh, i hate the reality..T_T

    =((

    :((

    *sob*

    :'''''''''''''''''''''''(

  38. theapot said...
     

    Isn't that just weird? they'll finish all the effects just in time to release it in the US...i dunno how the film industry works and all the technicalities in preparing a film like editing and special effects but this is such a big movie, the entire world is waiting for it and they'll risk finishing special effects just a few day before its showing? (because prints will be shipped on the 20th, right?) i dunno...it's just odd...but then again, what can we do...oh well, patience really is a virtue (especially when it's tempting to see spoilers) let's just hope all this waiting will be worth it =)

  39. Anonymous said...
     

    hi.. thanks for the updtes.. Mixed emotions.. im hapi coz namove may lakad kami ng nov 21, sad coz dami ngnhihintay tapos namove pa...

    thanks..

  40. Clair de Lune said...
     

    THEAPOT-

    Yeah... feeling ko talaga, dahil yan sa sudden decision to move from December to November. Naging masyadong excited ang Summit, tapos di pala kinaya na matapos lahat ng post-prod. Hay.

  41. Bianca said...
     

    Oh too bad. I was prepped for this day. Cleared my schedule and all.
    Anyway, I'm still gonna watch even if it's 5 days later. The official movie website should update the release dates. I got my hopes up when I saw it's only 27 days away.

    @Jei: I too have been blogging about it. Posting everything about Twilight but hey, we should really wait for the movie after all Stephanie Meyer waited her novel turn to a big screen flick too.

  42. Anonymous said...
     

    how sad..so it was true that the release date was moved here in RP...its a little saddening because the whole class was planning to see it on the weekend (november 22)...

    but anyway, at least there's still more time to save up for movie tickets and what not...
    i'll admit its a bit dissapointing but i guess i could still survive for an additional week..oh well...there's nothing we can do to make them release it on november 21 right?

  43. miamia said...
     

    Oh no. I already planned my WHOLE NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!

    What will happen now? We will go to Bolinao that time for my sis' birthday.

    *cries out loud*

  44. ashley chanelle :( said...
     

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

    as in AAAAAAAAHHH!
    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! That's so unfair!
    I've already planned out my WHOLE november!

    POR QUE?!?!

    19, 20 and 21 are the days of my exams. that means i CANNOT open my myspace, friendster and multiply account for another week to be cautious of spoilers :((

    summit entertainment... has farted in my face :(

  45. ayra said...
     

    Boo. :( :(( I hope that the release date of Twilight won't be moved AGAIN. :| :| :|

  46. arriana cynna said...
     

    omigawd!!
    5 more days??!!
    i literally tear up!!
    i've been waiting for it for almost a year and i'll end up with what??
    5 more days?
    -bangs head on the wall-
    i'm not blaming everyone or whatever but!! it's Twilight we're talking about!!

  47. eryll said...
     

    no...
    i'm so sad and disappointed...
    i thought i could see the movie on november 21...
    =(

  48. Anonymous said...
     

    counting days more!???? whaaa so sad to hear it!
    so sad really .... kinda dissapointed . :(

  49. edward carlisle said...
     

    whoa...!!!!
    i REALLY am disappointed!

    but geesshhh...

    what can we do about it?

    what's another five days, anyways?

    we've already waited that long, it won't really hurt that much if we try to calm ourselves to wait a little more, right?

    but it really is DISAPPOINTING!

    tsk!tsk!tsk!

  50. Anonymous said...
     

    PEOR SABI SA OFFICIAL TWILIGHT MOVIE SITE,21 DAW PREMIER EH:p

    IM SURE MADAMING MADIDISAPPOINT:|

  51. izabellee said...
     

    DUH.
    over reaction. :))
    it's better to watch it later than everyone else anyway (say, 5 days after November 26th) because by then, mas konti na tao. Haha! don't worry people, it'll still be the same awesomeness even if it the dates were changed yet again :D

  52. ALDEA\:d/ said...
     

    WAIT.IS NOVEMBER26 THE PREMIER OR THE RELEASE?
    IM REALLY CONFUSED.

  53. Tee Jay said...
     

    i'm so disappointed...

  54. Anonymous said...
     

    this is not a good news for all of us...

  55. Anonymous said...
     

    last week my dad surprised us by buying my sisters and i advanced screening tickets for the twilight movie. when i looked at the date, i was surprised to see that it said nov.25 instead of nov.20. i consulted the internet and found out about this devastating news. huhuhu. i am very sad right now but at least i get to see the advanced screening.

  56. kathleen pattinson :) said...
     

    i could just die... ='C

  57. joanna said...
     

    oh c'mon guys
    it's only five days
    sa iba nga next year pa nila mapapanuod eh tayo 5 days delayed lng well i guess just avoid the spoilers (if we can hehehe)
    so don't over react or something

  58. JenShinrai said...
     

    I was about to blame VIVA. Haha! OK, not their fault. Blame the Pacific Ocean! XD

    I hate it. I so wanted to watch this movie on the 21st. Bloody.

  59. Anonymous said...
     

    Awts wala ng midnight sun.Pero nabasa ko yung chapter 1 niya kasi pinost ni stephenie meyer.Check this out.stepheniemeyer.com..

  60. Dee said...
     

    Im sad that it was moved...it'll make us wait a bit longer than the rest :(

  61. summer said...
     

    i have a question for you guys.. would you have any idea of any 4-hour "uncut" version of twilight to be shown in MOA? they are supposedly selling tickets worth P640 each for a minimum of 30 people. i checked it with Viva and apparently they did not buy any uncut version from summit.. just want to know if any of you guys heard about it? thanks!

  62. Clair de Lune said...
     

    Summer-

    We haven't heard of this. But we doubt that there is an uncut version floating around. Be careful, it might be a scam. @_@

  63. summer said...
     

    thanks.. that's what i thought after calling viva about it.. good thing i stumbled through sites like this :) can't wait 'till the 26th! :D

  64. Anonymous said...
     

    Lol. It's just a few days. Hahaha. Sheesh. I love Twilight but I think it's too much of an exaggeration to act so devastated just because the movie was moved. Hehe. Chill people. It's not as if you don't know the story yet.

    Anyway, can't wait for the showing!!:D Even if it is still a few weeks from now. Hahaha.

  65. Anonymous said...
     

    ahhh!!! well at least its jsut 6 days late than first release..
    nov. 26 is tuesday right?
    i have classsssesssss!!!!nawww! >:[
    well i can go after classes but... i dont know. this sucks....

  66. Mirasol said...
     

    :( Nakita ko sabi sa SM November 25!

  67. Sheryl Mae said...
     

    i'll be seeing tonight at 12am EST. yayayayayayayayayayayaay!!!

  68. Anonymous said...
     

    haay..may duty ako on 26.haay na haay tlga..sa twilight site nov21 daw, ngyon...haay ang gulo nila :(

  69. Anonymous said...
     

    5 days is not that too long..
    in other countries it will be on theaters by december.. wer lucky enuf.. tho 5 days delay...

    u can read the book over and over to memorize the spiels.. while waiting for the movie.. hahhahaa

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