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'The Reader' director Stephen Daldry a candidate to direct 'Breaking Dawn'

March 25, 2010 | 12:15 pm


EXCLUSIVE: Add this name to the list of high-end auteurs who are being considered for the director's chair on "Breaking Dawn": Stephen Daldry.

Yep, that Stephen Daldry, the man who directed such Oscar fare as "Billy Elliot," "The Reader" and "The Hours."

Daldry joins a list that includes Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon and Gus Van Sant, all of whom have been approached about taking on the fourth film in the "Twilight" franchise. Like those three, there are not yet indications Daldry would actually take the gig, but the fact that Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the films, has reached out to him suggests where its intentions lie for the fourth film.

By this point nothing should surprise us about the names Summit is considering. (Well, James Cameron would surprise us. But he's pretty much the only one.) The fourth book contains more complicated material as the story opens up (warning: spoiler alert), with part of the novel written from werewolf Jacob's perspective and Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan carrying a child.

Having already gone indie with Catherine Hardwicke, polished/commercial with Chris Weitz and genre auteur with David Slade for the franchise's first three movies, Summit clearly wants a high-end prestige filmmaker to handle the fourth picture.

DaldryStill, even by those standards, Daldry stands out. He's been nominated for three Oscars, more than any of the other directors on the short list. In fact, Daldry is the rare filmmaker who's been nominated for a best directing Oscar for every feature he's made.

Those credentials make taking on a global teen phenomenon seem unlikely, though there are reasons to think it could work. The director is well-versed in depicting forbidden love (a "Twilight" staple) with "The Reader" and "The Hours." And he's adept at themes of family alienation, also a franchise fixture, which ran under "Billy Elliot." Also, like most of the others, Daldry doesn't yet have a new film.

The fourth "Twilight" movie -- which will likely take only a piece of "Breaking Dawn" as the film is split into two -- will in all likelihood be shot in the fall. That gives Summit a little more time to comb through high-end directors. Academy Award winners, take note: Vampires and werewolves are coming for you.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photoa: David Cross and Kate Winslet in "The Reader:" Credit: The Weinstein Company. Stephen Daldry on the set of "Billy Elliot." Credit: Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures


Who's the best choice to direct Breaking Dawn?

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that they need to select a director who is dedicated to Stephenie’s vision and the source material…that’s how you pick. Not who won this or that or whatever else!

Ok, who to direct Breaking Dwan?,
My vote is for Quentin Tarantino.
He knows horror, He knows how to tell a story.
and he knows speical effects.I think this would be an
awesome fit.I Think he would come up with a plane to tell
how bella gives birth , and the big ? what and how to creat
Renesmee. So that my Vote!

They need to find a director and a screenwriter that can make the biggest piece of crap, series-ruining book into something worth watching. Twice. It's going to take a lot more than Sophia Coppolla to do that.

I hope that no truly acclaimed director allows her- or himself to become associated with the horrendous crap that is this so-called novel. I would lose all respect for such director.

I would prefer to have a female director for the final film. If they choose a male, I'll be very disappointed. This is a female driven enterprise, can't they find at least one "worthy" female director.

Also, so far of the three movies, the only one that has "gotten" the reason for the books success (as well as the first movie's surprise popularity) has been Catherine Hardwicke. Her movie took the movie in a wrong direction I think, since it shouldn't have been so campy, but at least she understood that a book that is popular with FEMALES that is in the ROMANCE genre should have an incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful male lead for the girls/women to focus on. In this case, it means Edward.

Chris Weitz and (from what I can see in the trailer) David Slade have totally missed the qualities that make Edward so potently attractive to women. He should be incredibly good-looking, not pasty and wearing more make-up than a streetwalker. He should also have the quiet strength and control that was described in the books. But please don't forget the teasing sense of humor. Edward was not always on the verge of suicide. And never, ever was he described as dressing like a creepy old grandpa like he was in New Moon.

Basically, they should find someone who "gets" it, and I don't think a man, no matter how sensitive or insightful he is, can fully understand the female perspective when it comes to romance.

It's a punch in the moon for Quentin Tarantino to direct this movie because first he won't agree to direct a shallow plot such as this for his movies were really deep.

And I don't think there will be a hope for this film... Now that they'll be splitting it into two.. I mean there's nothing much in the plot so why split.. They better release it in one film and stop making money out of it.. Instead of hiring an Oscar caliber director (w/c i doubt if there will be someone who will accpet the job for the film is going down the slope not unless Summit offers big bucks, I suggest they hire a good screenwriter.

Twilight will be the first and only movie of the whole saga that will deserve seeing. I just saw it once again and the magic in this film just take you to a different world. I watch that movie with my mouth wide open. I can't miss any single scene. There is something so magical to that movie and they way it makes you feel when you are watching it. It is the only one that is not fake. Both Kristen and Rob act so naturally in this one. Everything is so spontaneous and honest. New Moon is just another Hollywood production. And the actors are so "directed" that the dialog just sounds fake. They are not feeling it. So Catherine Hardwicke she is the only one how should have ever been considered to direct all of the films.

Stephen Daldry would be awesome for the new vampire series that they are talking about coming out with. Hope to see him.

I was suprised that I actually Liked Twilight. Im not into those types of movies but they are really good


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