Director Bill Condon Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 and PART 2; Reveals Current Runtime of PART 2

     November 16, 2011

Director Bill Condon THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN interview slice

With Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hitting theaters tomorrow at midnight, it’s time for our final interview and it’s with director Bill Condon.  During my exclusive interview, Condon talked about how he got involved in the franchise, what props he took home, whether or not he did any test screenings, if the DVD/Blu-ray will have an extended edition, deleted scenes, the Easter eggs (you should stay through the credits), Bella’s transformation, and his future projects.  In addition, Condon revealed that his first cut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was 2 hours 14 minutes and now it’s about 1 hour 52 minutes without credits.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, for more of our Twilight: Breaking Dawn interview, here’s Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, author Stephenie Meyer, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg & producer Wyck Godfrey, and Ashley Greene.

Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 imageBill Condon Time Index

  • Condon took home Michael Sheen’s head (or at least the prop version of it) from the set.  His partner is a collector, so there is no room in their house to bring too much home.
  • 1:00 – Condon suggests he was approached about the previous Twilight movies, but the timing wasn’t right before Breaking Dawn.  He met with the producers and author Stephenie Meyer to pitch his take on the book.
  • 2:00 – Condon discusses his perspective on meetings in Hollywood.
  • 3:00 – The film was test-screened with a “tiny audience.”  Condon calls it the “least tested movie” he’s ever worked on.  But he showed it to friends to get reactions.
  • 4:10 – There won’t be a different cut of the movie on the initial home release in the spring, but maybe down the line.
  • 4:30 – There are just a few minutes of deleted scenes, but nothing that was really hard to cut.

“Just a few minutes [of deleted scenes] on this.  This movie represents the movie as my preferred version of the movie.  There’s nothing that I lifted that I regret lifting, or that I’m desperate for people to see.  I mean, there were good things— for example, we used to bookend the movie with the Volturi.  And now they’re just a taste of what’s to come at the end of the movie as opposed to the start of the movie.  And I think that was right, you know.  Right to not have them.”

  • 5:00 – There is an easter egg in the credits.  Condon explains that he put it in the middle because the end credits are so long.
  • 5:50 – Condon talks about putting together the first cut for Part 2 and his vision for Bella’s transformation.

“Part of what I was turned on by with this whole thing was being Kristen Stewart’s collaborator as she now steps through the looking glass and becomes a vampire.  You’ve watched these vampires from a distance.  It’s only been her point of view.  Now she is one.  She— we are vampires.  It’s seeing the world through the eyes of vampires as imagined by Stephenie Meyer.”

  • 7:00 – The rough cut of Part 2 is currently 1 hour 52 minutes without credits, down from 2 hours 14 minutes in the first cut.
  • 7:45 – He is reading scripts and eager to do another movie after 2+ years of Twilight.  However, he is still immersed in post-production on Part 2.


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