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'Twilight' producer: 'Breaking Dawn' could begin shooting this fall

January 10, 2010 |  6:00 pm


It's been one of the biggest questions surrounding Summit Entertainment's uber-successful "Twilight" franchise (apart, of course, from whether stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson really are a couple off-screen) -- just how the producers are going to manage to pull off a big-screen adaptation of "Breaking Dawn." The fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's juggernaut of a young adult fiction series about the epic love affair between high school student Bella Swan and her good-guy vampire beau Edward Cullen has plenty of heft, clocking in at upward of 750 pages, but it also has the distinction of being the most controversial entry in the saga.

When it was released in August 2008, fan reaction was intense and divided with some "Twi-hards" expressing confusion and dismay over a plot that involved *SPOILER ALERT* a recently graduated  19-year-old Bella giving birth to a half-human/half-vamp daughter named Renesmee, who grows much faster than the average mortal child and who possesses a unique way of communicating with those around her, clearly inherited from Dad's side of the family.

Wyck Godfrey, the producer of all the films in the "Twilight" saga, admits that the creative team still doesn't know how they'll handle the character in the "Breaking Dawn" movie, but said that the plan is absolutely for the production to go forward -- as either one or two installments -- with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall. All three stars are signed for "Breaking Dawn," he said, meaning that Stewart and Pattinson will be dealing with the joys and woes of interspecies parenting and newly minted heartthrob Taylor Lautner will return as often-shirtless shape-shifter Jacob Black.

At the moment, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who's penned all the "Twilight" movies, is working on the "Breaking Dawn" script(s). "It's a work in process," Godfrey said in an interview Friday. "The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it's organic. If it's not organic, I don't think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in 'Breaking Dawn,' the whole section about Jacob... It's a very long single movie if it does become a single movie." 

Although there's been a great deal of online chatter about whether Chris Weitz, director of the second and most recent movie, "New Moon," would return to helm "Breaking Dawn," Godfrey downplayed that possibility, saying, "I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don't think it's going to happen."

He and the other principals are formulating a list of potential directors, "but right now," Godfrey said, "we're just focused on the treatment and getting that right. At that point, we're going to see who's available and who's appropriate. 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. They've got to have both tools in their kit." 

A visual effects background might be particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with the character of Renesmee.

"I keep having visions of '[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button' in my head," Godfrey said, referring to David Fincher's Oscar-nominated 2008 fantasy about a man who becomes physically younger as he ages. "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."

The third movie in the series, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," is due in theaters June 30.

-- Gina McIntyre


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Photo of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon": Kimberley French

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This needs to be rated R... Who cares about the little ones. If they can read the books then they could see the movie. If they didn't read the boks them they can go away.. The birthing scene is the point of the story.. It is the best scene.

I defiantly think that Breaking Down should be split into two movies. I just cant picture all the info this book has being played into one movie. I feel like parts of the book I adore and vision in my head will be left out or not focused on as much, if it were to be one movie. The first movie should have the Wedding, Reception and the honeymoon. The second movie should be Jacobs view, the vampires from all around joining the fight and of course the big ending. I think if you split those two making two movies fans will have more of what they want. I know a lot of people just want to see it on screen already but doing one movie will not do the book justice and I think a lot of fans of the book will be disappointed. Can't wait to hear more progress about BD. <3

OMG... YEAH MAN!!! oh yeah..
Robert and Kristen makes great great cpl eventhought on off-screen <3
BTW, Robert is flippin' HOT.

they will do it the way they do it.... if u don't have nothing to do but complain...don't watch it! Personally I am super excited, Yay!

Please, why are you revealing informations about the content of the fourth book?? Some people juste began to read the saga just because they loved the movies! Be quiet on the story, it had been the case until now because fans respect the suspens of the books. So please, journalists, do the same!

I've read this series 4 times through and my hope is that "Breaking Dawn" is a longer movie and it brings out all the great details of the book. Bella and Edwards wedding, Renesme and her creation and Jacob's atachement and then the big ordeal with the Volturi. I'm so excited to see this

Uh, hello,one is not enought!Robert pattisen is so HOT! Your kidding me! Right?

Uh, Hello! Don't you " KNOW " RP is so HOT!?

Im with gwin & steffin...I think they should use a real live girl for Renesmee it will be so much better.An also i think they should follow the book as well cause yeah most of us has read the book's but you can't say for sure that everyone that like's the Twilight movies has.Cause if they HAVEN'T read the book's they have missed some stuff that wasn't in the movies.

I have read all four books early on when they first appeared. I firmly believe that there is so much that could be accomplished by making the fourth movie Breaking Dawn! This movie if made would be your biggest blockbuster ever! Imagine the amount of money that would be made when it comes out!!!!! Please do not consider not making this film. There is so much you could do with special effects, from the actual birth of Reneesme, to the fight to the death with the Volturi in the end! I've been disappointed so many times with other movies and books when too much time passes(example, Dean Koontz's third Frankenstein book). Even if you have to make a longer movie with an intermission in the middle(remember 'Gone With The Wind'!) I know you would have full support of avid readers of the 'Twilight Saga' and you definitely have mine!!!!!!!!

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE BREAKING DAWN MOVIE IN 3D. I will not go to another 3D movie. I think it would completely ruin it. I also want to be able to watch the movie at home if i choose to and the 3d just doesn't work the same unless you have a large tv. I don't.

You guys NEED to shoot Breaking Dawn. With out the fourth and final movie to the saga, it's almost nothing! There has to be and end! Everyone wants to see Bella become a vampire with edward! People want to see Renesmee! Figure it out some how! I'm sure you can get a baby, and then replace the kid with another that resembles to her to make her grow older, on and on and on. It's so simple yet it takes time! Don't rush ANYTHING! But please just finish what Stephanie Meyer and Catherine Hardwick started. -Ariel

The twilight movies are great they are too emotional. Bella and Edward are perfect i wish i could be a part it.

well hi im 12 years old and i was wondering when breaking dawn is coming out?

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