By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 4:13 pm in Twilight Saga.
When I posted last week about the scheduled “Twilight” event in San Francisco, I lamented the fact that fans had to line up at 6 a.m. for a signing that wasn’t scheduled until 6 p.m. Turns out that should have been the least of my concerns. This morning, more than 3,000 fans, mostly teenage girls, packed the Stonestown Galleria mall in San Francisco outside the Hot Topic store where Robert Pattinson (Edward) was scheduled to appear for a signing tonight.
Apparently, the mob scene quickly got out of control with one girl allegedly suffering a broken nose and another an asthma attack. Police canceled the event, reportedly at the behest of the actor and his public relations team, which were concerned for Pattinson’s safety. The first 500 customers who bought special “Twilight” T-shirts were supposed to receive a bracelet guaranteeing them a chance to meet and have Pattinson sign a poster during a signing from 6-8 p.m. at the store.
This doesn’t bode well for other upcoming “Twilight” events. Based on the popular tween/teen vampire saga by Stephenie Meyer, the “Twilight” movie opens in theaters on Nov. 21. Monday’s signing in San Francisco was supposed to be the first in a series throughout the Pacific region. Representatives for Hot Topic did not return calls Monday afternoon about whether the remainder of the tour will continue. Some fans had traveled from as far as Hawaii for the signing. Now, I can’t help but wonder if the midnight screening of the movie also may encounter issues.