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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  • sofia

    Thank God. NEW MOON DIDN'T FULLFILL totally my expectations. WEiz just choose the VERY important dialogs and couldn't do well those transitions needed. For instance when Alice had to convince Bella to save Edward, in the book she did hesitate and in the movie she was already in the car. I know it's difficult because she has a big mouth and she exploited the relationship between the actors after she left but Hardwicke achieved much more emotion that the film needs.
    Please choose some director that can conceal both emotion and special effects not Weiz. He ruined the all story. I hope SLADE have done it better…

  • amitiel

    Huge mistake to CGI the kid. They are already having such a problem making these characters more than 2 dimensional on screen. To try and pull off an emotional connection with an obvious special effect (given Summit's budgets) is asking too much for this franchise and most of the cast. Rewrite the novel a little bit to keep the baby young and go for the emotional payoff instead.

  • sofia

    Ah and I was forgotting. Come on Weiz and that FINALE, make it more like ABOMINALE. Have you forgotten that was there a sequel after? with those lines in an appropriate sequel. Despicable. Well those who are in love with ROb may have like the movie but Come on its onion to my eyes trying to See it twice. I lost count how many times I saw Twilight but New MOon, forget it!!!

  • Lisa

    You're insane if you think Hardwicke was a better director than Weiz. His transitions were far superior than Hardwicke's. When I watched Twilight, it seemed like one minute Bella and Edward don't like each other and the next they're madly in love. And you think Hardwicke's transitions were better than Weiz's? Again, insane. And about comparing the book to the movie, let's face it: none of the movies will ever be able to match up to the books. The dialogs will never be exact and neither will the scenes; so, so far out of the 2 movies in the Twilight Saga, I believe Weiz portrayed the book/characters better than Hardwicke. If they split Breaking Dawn into two movies (which I really think they should), I think Weiz would do well with the first part but they should get someone more affiliated with action movies to do the second part. I really hope though that they don't CGI the kid.

  • BellasLegacy

    Is the only issue after Renesmee is born? Her rapid growth? If so, just film different children at various stages; Renesmee as infant, age 2, 5 and ten (for example). If the issue is the pregnancy, have Kristen Stewart wear different pregnancy pillows. Then add SOME CGI to represent the baby when her shirt is lifted. When the birth comes, keep the camera on her or Jacob (have the banter between him and Rosalie continue); only show Edward with bloody hands lifting the baby up.

    And it should definitely NOT be two movies; everything can be conveyed in one. There is a lot of Breaking Dawn that can be cut.

  • BellasLegacy

    Is the only issue Renesmee's growth? If so, film different children at various stages: Renesmee infant, age 2, age 5, age 10 (for example). If the pregnancy is the issue, have Kristen Stewart wear numerous pillows to represent the stages and then CGI her belly when her shirt is lifted. As for the birth, keep the camera on Bella as we see her pain and struggle to survive or keep it on Jacob. We can still hear the screams (which are natural with pregnancy) and Edward's replies while Jacob and Rosalie are continuing their banter. Then cut to see Edward lifting Renesmee up with bloody hands.

    And Breaking Dawn should definitely NOT be two movies. There is plenty that can be cut.

  • sofia

    Yes in one minute it seems they like each other and on the next minute its seems they hate each other. Didn't you know the first book was inspired in Pride and Prejudice? Bah I hope SLADE've done it much better… Or the sparkle will be lose for the Last one (or two). Twilight needs much more than a director that can do some little special effects. The Golden Compass was also a failure, not got even a sequel. Poor man.

  • babygurl

    i hope they make the movie braking dawn by next year

  • babygurl

    i hope they make the movie braking dawn by next year

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