Even though Summit Entertainment obtained the rights to the rest of the books in the Twilight Saga in November 2008, the fourth book, Breaking Dawn has yet to be given the proverbial production greenlight. There’s no doubt the movie will be forthcoming. The prior installments have already proven to be a mega money success for Summit, catapulting them into the big movie making arena in a very short time.
It’s been discussed early on that Breaking Dawn is a book that covers a lot of ground. There’s so much content in fact that it seems likely the story will be split into two films. As a big fan of the book and movie series, I’m pretty pleased about this since it will allow more time to be devoted to key plot development and conflict scenes. The story will just flow much better in two parts.
The dilemma, and also the main reason why no formal Breaking Dawn announcement has come from the studio, is that Summit bought the rights for four movies, not five. In order to split Breaking Dawn into two films, many contracts have to be renegotiated and author approval must be granted. This equates to the studio offering up a lot of money, which they’re obviously prepared to do.
I heard Stephanie Meyer give a verbal yes to splitting the book into two movies in several of her interviews for the release of the movie New Moon. So it doesn’t seem like she’ll stand in the way. It also appears like all the main cast members are eager to commit to finishing the series, and are pleased about the possibility of an additional film.
Melissa Rosenberg has already been hired to finish the screen play writing for the series. The question for her is if she’ll be writing one or two more scripts.
A recent Variety article reported that Summit is courting Chris Wentz to direct both parts of Breaking Dawn. I thought he did a fabulous job with New Moon and do hope that he’ll agree to do at least one if not both parts, even if it means a tough production schedule and putting his other projects on the back burner.
These issues will have to resolve soon since Breaking Dawn pre-production should begin shortly after the first of the year if Summit wants to be sure the first installment is ready for a November 2010 release date.
For those that have read the book, where do you think the split should be to make Breaking Dawn into two movies?
I’m leaning toward shortly after or just as Bella becomes a vampire. I think the point when she opens her vampire eyes for the first time would make a great cliff hanger. Splitting the storyline here would allow more film time to be devoted to the wedding planning, the wedding itself, and honeymoon. Some of this was really rushed in the novel. Conversely, in the second film it allows a lot of screen time to the introduction and development of all the nomadic vampire characters we meet, and also the final battle with the Volturi.