BREAKING DAWN, the Conclusion to the TWILIGHT Saga, Likely to Film This Fall Without NEW MOON Director Chris Weitz

     January 11, 2010

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Vampirical heartthrob Robert Pattinson confided in Steve before the November release of New Moon that the tentative plans were to film Breaking Dawn, the final chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight saga, in the fall of 2010.  Sure enough, the LA Times reported further confirmation from Wyck Godfrey, a producer on the Twilight films.  Though it is still unsure if the 756 page novel will be made into one film or two, Summit is looking to film in Vancouver this fall.  Godfrey also mentions that, although all involved would love to have him back, New Moon director Chris Weitz likely won’t return to helm Breaking Dawn.  In terms of looking for a new director, Godfrey said, “It’s such a complicated book because you have the emotions and the intensity of the love story — so you need somebody who’s just a wonderful director of actors — and yet it’s really complicated from an action and visual effects standpoint.”

Find out why the length of the book or the absence of Weitz is the least of Summit’s worries after the jump.

Twilight Breaking Dawn book (1).jpgI’m one of those non-tweens who actually (and shamefully) read Breaking Dawn.  My interest in the rest of the film series is only cursory, but I want to see Breaking Dawn on the big screen.  More specifically, I want to see an R-rated Breaking Dawn on the big screen.  I think the greatest case for such an event was made over at CHUD, but in brief (Spoiler Alert), lead character Bella suffers from all sorts of prenatal terror as undead soulmate Edward impregnates her with a half-human, half-vampire whose fetal strength is too great for such female necessities as the uterus, the ribs, and the spine.  Plus, the freak-of-nature baby is under constant threat of abortion, and adult werewolf Jacob falls in love with it immediately after birth.  Tonally, Twilight is more akin to romance novels than genre fiction, but Breaking Dawn could be a masterpiece of gross out B-movie cinema.

Godfrey said of the new, in utero character, “It’s certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down. I don’t know. We need a director. When we get a director, that director will need to come with a point of view of how they want to tackle it.”

It really does sound like Summit has no idea how to adapt this novel for public consumption; all they know is that they want to, after New Moon grossed $685 million worldwide at the box office.  Hopefully Breaking Dawn, CG baby vampire and all, will make all that and then some when it’s released shortly before the apocalypse.

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